The global ceramic fiber market size is anticipated to enlarge during the forecast period, 2019–2026. Growing demand for thermal insulation and efficient products is likely to drive the market growth to a high extent. Increase in use of ceramic fibers in end-use industries pertaining to the features of ceramic fibers is expected to trigger the market growth by leap and bounds.
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Ceramic fiber boards are rigid and have a self-supporting insulation product produced from refractory fibers. These are used for use in conditions that require high insulating properties blended with rigidity and mechanical strength. Major features of ceramic fibers possess low heat storage, high insulating performance, high thermal stability and a great resistance to thermal shocks. These are applied in areas of construction, glass and handling applications. Oxide and non-oxide ceramic fibers are used as reinforcement materials owing to their unique properties such as high temperature durability and heat resistant. On contrary, silicon and boron-based non-oxide ceramic fibers are developed using thermal conversion of precursor process in polymers.
Ceramic oxide fibers are used in the insulation as well as reinforcement materials. The application mainly depends on the melting points and high temperatures. For instance, high-end applications based out of silica-glass are prepared under the temperature of 250oC and above. In another instance, alumina-based fibers are used as an insulating material in form of textiles for seals and heat-resistant components. Alumina fibers reveal significant advantages as compared with aluminosilicate fibers in terms of thermal insulation. Commercial fibers such as altex is developed using a solution process involving polyaluminoxane in dilute form when combined with a silicon compound to produce a viscous mix. The fibers are then made by calcining fibers that are spun from polyaluminoxane solutions.
Furthermore, alternate methods such as sol-gel spinning, slurry spinning and other methods have been used in the manufacture of oxide based ceramic fibers. Sol-gel spinning method is widely adopted in the manufacture of oxide fibers with high melting point. Precursors such as aluminum formoacetate and aluminum chloride are used together with silica sols for the fabrication of alumina based fibers.
Ceramic Fiber Market Drivers:
Ceramic fiber is highly driven by demand for efficient products with high thermal capacity and possess augmented functionality when compare with conventional products. In addition, the market is also driven by government policies pertaining to environment. On the other hand, the policies are creating opportunities in terms of future prospects. However, stringent regulations in certain countries have hindered the market growth to a considerable extent throughout the forecast period.