Elastotec has a developed a range of high performance ceramic wear panels for use in the mining industry.
Based on composites of state of the art ceramics, high strength, high resilience elastomer and S/S and engineering polymer backing plates the Elastotec wear panels are precision vacuum moulded. This ensures a rubber tear bond is obtained between the rubber and the ceramic tiles and the rubber and the polymer backing plates. The 100% rubber tear bonding ensures that the ceramic tiles are retained in the panel even under the most arduous operating conditions.
Elastotec has formulated a range of wear resistant ceramics. In house ability to test key ceramic properties including Vickers Hardness, Flex Crack Toughness and Wear Resistance has enabled Elastotec to optimise the ceramic performance and confirm these properties on each production batch. Elastotec wear panels can be made in a range of ceramic materials to suit a variety of end use applications. These include:
|Aluminium Oxide Al2O||92%||Economic cost with reasonable wear resistance|
|Aluminium Oxide Al2O3||96%||Improved wear resistance|
|Aluminium Oxide Al2O3||99%||Aluminium oxide with improved flexural crack resistance – used in applications that require some impact resistance and exceptional wear resistance.|
|Toughened Aluminium Oxide||ZTA||Aluminium oxide with improved flexural crack resistance – used in applications that require some impact resistance and exceptional wear resistance.|
|Zirconium Oxide Cerami||YTZ||Combines very good wear resistance with exceptional flex crack toughnes|
Elastotec has a strong background and knowledge of elastomers. The elastomer is the lowest cost raw material in a ceramic wear panel but provides critical functions of retention of the ceramic tiles and cushioning from impact. Elastotec has developed a high strength ( >30 Mpa Tensile Strength), high resilience ( >60% resilience) elastomer with in built adhesion promoters. As with the ceramics Elastotec has in house testing capability for all these elastomer physical properties and can guarantee 100 % rubber tear bonds between the ceramic and the polymer backing plate for each and every panel.
Elastotec has inhouse equipment for testing adhesion between the ceramic tiles and the elastomer and also between the elastomer and the backing plate material. With annual usage in excess of 2,000,000 aluminium oxide tiles per year Elastotec has proven production techniques for bonding ceramic tiles to the elastomer – we have never had a reported case of tile pull out or bond failure in the field.