The Global Aerospace Ceramics Market is projected to reach USD XX billion by 2028, at a CAGR of XX% during the forecast period.
Aerospace Ceramics Market
Ceramics have been used in space shuttles for many years and are increasingly being adopted by commercial and military aircraft. Ceramic materials have several properties that make them appealing to the aerospace industry. Following are the properties which make ceramic composites appealing-
- High mechanical strength even at high temperatures
- High thermal shock resistance
- Low density and lightweight
- High corrosion resistance even at high temperatures
Based on the type of aircraft, the aerospace ceramics market can be segmented into commercial, single-engine piston, helicopters, military, and spacecraft. Among these, the commercial aircraft segment is expected to have the highest share. This is due to the increased air traffic. The increase in the affordability of flights has resulted in the rise in the number of people traveling by flights in the past years. The growth in the overall passengers is likely to fuel the aerospace ceramics market segment in the future. Also, to reduce fuel consumption, which is one of the major costs in operating an airplane, many of the parts in the aircraft are being replaced by lighter materials including ceramics. The Spacecraft segment is expected to see significant growth during the forecast period. This is mainly due to the excellent thermal properties provided by ceramics enabling them to be used in various engine components like the nozzle, combustor liners, shrouds, etc. In a report by NASA’s Environmentally Responsible Aviation (ERA), they stated the need to reduce NOx emissions, fuel burn and noise from engine turbine components. To help meet these goals, commercially-produced ceramic matrix composite components and environmental barrier coatings (EBCs) are being evaluated as parts and panels. The components include a CMC combustor liner, a CMC high-pressure turbine vane, and a CMC exhaust nozzle as well as advanced EBCs that are tailored to the operating conditions of the CMC combustor and vane. The CMC combustor (w/EBC) could provide 2700ºF temperature capability with less component cooling requirements to allow for more efficient combustion and reductions in NOx emissions. The CMC vane (w/EBC) will also have temperature capability up to 2700ºF and allow for reduced fuel burn. The CMC mixer nozzle will offer reduced weight and improved mixing efficiency to provide reduced fuel burn.
Aerospace Ceramics Market
Based on product type, composites are expected to dominate the aerospace ceramics market throughout the forecast period. Ceramic composites are used widely in many parts of an aircraft. The properties of ceramics mentioned above are highly appealing to aircraft manufacturers. Excellent thermal properties and lightweight of these composites are some of the key properties propelling their market demand. Ceramic coatings are mainly in aerospace as thermal barrier coatings (TBCs) in the hot part of the engine.
In a recent report UCLA researchers published in April of 2019, the researchers have created an extremely light and durable boron nitride-based ceramic aerogel. The material can be used for insulating the spacecraft because it can withstand the severe temperature changes and intense heat and that space missions endure. This new application of ceramics in aerospace is expected to further propel the aerospace ceramics market.
By material, the most popular is Silicon Carbide(SiC). SiC matrix composites, which are being commercially developed, are seeing high demand from the aerospace industry since they possess properties such as high oxidation resistance compared to other matrix composites. Silicon carbide fibers reinforce most of discontinuous or short fiber CMCs due to their high strength and stiffness (modulus of elasticity).
Based on application, the aerospace ceramics market is segmented into electrical & electronics, structural and turbine. Advanced ceramics are widely used in the electronics industry, and the average aircraft has a large number of complex electronics. Slowly, these electrical components, such as antennas, capacitors, sensors, and resistors, are getting increasingly smaller and more capable. In the 1990s, Concorde, which at the time was the world’s only supersonic airliner selected a machinable glass ceramic because it needed an electrically insulating and lightweight technical material for use in the engine management and control systems. The glass-ceramic material can be machined like plastic and is stable at high temperatures, making it an appealing option for this application. Ceramics are stable at temperatures substantially above high-grade technical plastics and are lighter than most metals. The US Space Shuttle Orbiter program team used to machinable glass-ceramic for windows, doors and all hinge points on the reusable Space Shuttle Orbiter.
Also, NASA’s space-borne gamma radiation detectors use large pieces of glass-ceramic. A lot of efforts are currently surrounding the development of silicon carbide (SiC/SiC composites) for use in jet engine turbines, mainly concentrated on the turbine blades. The main reason for this is fuel efficiency, as engineers throughout the industry are seeking to run the jet engine without cooling channels that are currently stopping the metal alloy blades from melting. The use of ceramic composites allows us to deal with temperatures up to 1,500-1,600°C, as a result, the engine can run at higher temperatures. Persistent advances in research and development framework are expanding the application possibilities for advanced ceramics, thereby working in favor of the manufacturers. One such significant advances include improvements in the fracture toughness, primarily for structural ceramics. Unlike the conventional ceramics with low strength, the new-age advanced ceramics are making headway with unparalleled strength and robustness. Several new technologies have been introduced to the fore over the recent years that are aimed at ameliorating the efficiency of advanced ceramics, such as fiber reinforcement and incorporation of extra duct binders, influencing year-on-year growth of the global aerospace ceramics market.
Europe and North America are expected to have the highest demand for ceramics in aerospace. Most countries in these regions are developed like the US and Canada in North America and Germany and the UK in Europe. These countries have continuously adopted new technologies in making the aircraft more efficient and durable. Moreover, government regulations regarding fuel emissions are very stringent in these regions and are leading to the increasing adoption of ceramics in aircraft. Furthermore, the presence of the biggest space agencies like NASA in the US and Europe Space Agency(ESA) in Western Europe and Roscosmos in Russia are expected to fuel the demand for ceramics.
Key Factors Impacting the Growth of Aerospace Ceramics Market:
- Lightweight and excellent thermal properties.
- Increasing air traffic and commercial aircraft manufacturing.
- Increasing adoption of ceramics in spacecraft.
- Stringent government regulations.
- Technological advancements in ceramic composites.
Key Developments in the Aerospace Ceramics Market:
- In May 2018, GE Aviation opened a new factory in Alabama with the investments reaching USD 200 million. The facility is the U.S.’s only unique location that produces ceramic matrix composites (CMCs) component manufacturing to be used in the hottest portions of jet propulsion.
- GE Aviation also achieved manufacturing of 30 thousand 3D printed fuel nozzle tips in October the same year.
- In November 2018, Safran opened a CMC research center in Bordeaux to accelerate the development of the material through world-class and state-of-the-art equipment.
- In April 2019, UCLA researcher developed a ceramic aerogel which can be used for insulation in the spacecraft as it can withstand intense heat and severe temperature changes.
What Does This Report Provide?
This report provides a detailed understanding of the global aerospace ceramics market from qualitative and quantitative perspectives during the forecast period. The report also provides dynamic indicators with a potential impact on the market during the forecast period and an in-depth analysis of the leading companies operating in the aerospace ceramics market.
By Product Type:
- By Country (US, Canada, Mexico)
- By Country (Germany, UK, France, Spain, Rest of Western Europe)
- By Country (Russia, Turkey, Rest of Eastern Europe)
- By Country (China, Japan, India, Rest of Asia Pacific)
- By Country (UAE, Qatar, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Rest of Middle East)
- By Region (South America, Africa)
Companies Covered: Major Companies profiled in the report which are key players in the global aerospace ceramics market include VX Aerospace, SGL Group, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd., Teijin Ltd., Rauschert Steinbach GmbH, Mcdnel Advanced Ceramic Technologies LLC, DowDuPont Inc., Composite Horizon LLC, Pratt & Whitney, Honeywell International Inc., and GE Aviation.
Years Considered In The Study
CAGR % (2019-2028)
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