Advanced ceramics are used in nuclear power generation and the disposal of radioactive waste. Ceramics are therefore extremely important in the operation of the nuclear industry.
From the outset of nuclear power generation, oxide-based ceramics have been turned into highly reliable fuel pellets for cooling reactors using both water and liquid metals.
It is now apparent that in addition to extreme thermal and chemical motive forces, ceramics used in the nuclear industry are constantly subject to high doses of radiation, without suffering deterioration. This makes advanced ceramics a reliable option, if not the best solution, for the nuclear industry.