Applications of Advanced Ceramics a special exhibition at
The International Museum of Ceramic Art at Alfred William J. Walker, Jr., Ph.D.
Ceramic Engineer and Guest Curator June 24 - September 25, 1997
1996 "Thirst" Series carved honeycomb ceramics;
Ceralux High Pressure Sodium Lamps containing polycrystalline
alumina tubes; American Firebroom components - ceramic flotation
log and Nextel mullite ceramic fabric
Water Boy High pressure sodium lamps, which are most visible
as street lights that have a yellowish color, consist of a glass outer
bulb which encloses a translucent polycrystalline alumina arc tube.
Light is produced by an electric arc passing through combined vapors
of mercury and sodium. The thermal and chemical stability of alumina
meet the demands required to contain the highly corrosive vapor.
The American Fireboom is a floating containment
barrier for oil spills that can withstand the high temperatures
of burning crude oil. It is used to contain and burn oil spills
at sea, avoiding ecological disasters to shore lines and the sea
bottom. The fireboom is composed of a long chain of flotation logs
made from a closed-cell ceramic foam, which are wrapped with Nextel
ceramic fabric and stainless steel mesh.
Water Boy "Thirst Series"
gift from the artist; Ceralux High Pressure Sodium Lamps gift
from Philips Lighting; American Firebroom components on loan
from American Marine Inc.