Technical ceramics are defined as "inorganic materials, predominantly non-metallic, of high performance with specific functional characteristics." However, this definition covering a wide range of products, technical ceramics are distinguished most of the time on the basis of their main physical application, i.e. mechanical, thermal, electrical, bio, photo-catalytic, etc.

The current objectives of standardization on technical ceramics are the improvement and harmonization of standards at national and regional level by establishing international standards, especially on characterization and evaluation methods.

Demand in the field of technical ceramics is growing but in order for them to find broad acceptance in the industrial world, several issues still need to be addressed:
  • Development of new applications from further research on materials ;
  • Reduction of production costs by working on the manufacturing processes.
  • Development of an international network in the field of ceramics to improve research and development and standardization in this area.

Standardization bodies

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Published standards

Standards published by CEN and ISO are listed below by thematic.
Two juxtaposed standards address the same topic but are not necessarily equivalent.
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