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Material Properties

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Ceramic material properties


Ceramics is categorised into three types; glass, machineable ceramics and quartz.
1. Glass - is an amorphous (non-crystalline) solid material that is typically transparent and brittle.
2. Machineable ceramics - are a type of engineering ceramic that is designed to be easily machined using traditional metalworking methods such as drilling, milling, turning, and grinding.
3. Quartz - Quartz is a crystalline form of silicon dioxide (SiO2) and is one of the most abundant minerals on Earth.

Elements material properties


There are 118 known elements each with its own unique properties. The main types of elements, are classified based on there properties, below is a last of each type:
1. Alkali Metals
2. Alkaline Earth Metals
3. Halogens
4. Metals
5. Metalloids
6. Noble Gases
7. Non Metal

Fluids material properties


Typical types of oils used in engineering include; lubricating oils, heat transfer oils, hydraulic oils and transformer oils.
1. Lubricating Oils - are used to reduce friction and wear between moving parts in machinery.
2. Heat Transfer Oils - also known as thermal fluids, are used to transfer heat from one location to another.
3. Hydraulic Oils - are used to transmit power in hydraulic systems by applying pressure to a confined fluid.
4. Transformer Oils - are used as insulating and cooling fluids in electrical transformers. 


Metals material properties


There two types of metals ferrous metals and non ferrous metals.
Ferrous Metals include:
1. Steel.
2. Cast Iron.
3. Wrought Iron.
4. Alloy Steels.
Non Ferrous Metals include:
1. Aluminium.
2. Copper.
3. Lead.
4. Titanium.
Just a few examples.

Natural material properties

Natural Materials

Hardwood and softwood are two main categories of natural materials used in engineering and construction. Typical examples of each are listed below:
1. Oak.
2. Mahogany.
3. Teak.
4. Walnut.
1. Pine.
2. Spruce.
3. Redwood.
4. Fir.

Natural Materials
Polymers material properties


Adhesives, films, thermoplastics and thermosets are main categories of polymers used in engineering. Typical examples are listed below:
1. Rubber based adhesives.
2. Silicone adhesives.
1. Polyethylene (PE) film.
2. Polypropylene (PP) film.
1. Polyamide (PA/Nylon)
2. Polyvinylidene Chloride (PVDC).
1. Polycarbonate (PC)
2. Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS)