Using five of the most widely used structural ceramics as examples, this fundamental book describes, in a practically applied manner, ceramic composition, structure, properties, production methods, and applications, illustrating the industrial importance of ceramic materials. Porcelain, alumina, silicon carbide, silicon nitride, and zirconia are examined in detail with particular attention paid to the unique physical and chemical properties, including structural stability, hardness and wear resistance, on which their enormous range of industrial applications depend. Practical uses covered include fuel cells, semiconductors, cutting tools and bioceramics. Over 200 diagrams and photographs provide visual aids to learning, and end-of-chapter summaries pull together key points. With numerous review questions to test understanding of the topics covered and extensive referencing, this book is ideal for those studying materials science and engineering, or starting research in the structural ceramics area.