Medical ceramics

High strength, High purity Alumina ceramics N-9000NS and N-9000T

Nishimura Advanced ceramics is cooperate with Medical industry for long time, and we have succeeded to develop a special material for medical industry. N-9000NS / N-9000T‘s average crystal size is under 1μm and those materials own 1.5~2 times higher intensity.

当社「高純度アルミナセラミックスN-9000NS」他社製のアルミナ99.5セラミックス(×5000)
Nishimura
N-9000NS (×5000)
他社製のアルミナ99.5セラミックス (×5000)
Competitor’s Alumina 99.5%
(×5000)

Reason why this material is suitable for medical industry

(1)Excellent durability

This material has excellent wear resistance (Vickers hardness 21.4 GPa) , product life time will be increase.

(2)Unbreakable

Bending strength, Compressive strenght, Tensile strength is extremely high. It is the most suitable material for precision parts.
N-9000NS has similar/better material property like Sapphire.

(3)Gentle for blood, easy to wash

Crystal size is under 1 µm which is extremely smooth surface. 
Since a red blood cell size is approx. 5 µm, it won’t to be stuck on an Alumina crystal.
It’s very easy to wash, so this material is suitable for parts/tool which need to be hygienic and repeatedly usable.

(4)Chemical Resistance

The high purity Alumina material stand for the most of Acid or Alkali. Especially N-9000NS and N-9000T has excellent chemical resistance.

(5)Plasma Resistance

This material is used as a plasma resistance material. Since Alumina purity of this material is very high(Al2O3>99.9%), grain boundary segmentation won’t occur.

(6)Excellent Insulation

Since this material doesn’t contain much impurities, dielectric breakdown voltage and volume resistivity are very high which means it has outstanding thermal resistance and great insulation in high temperature.

Comparison sheet of Medical Standard and Nishimura’s high intensity Alumina ceramics.

Evaluation Point Unit Nishimura High purity Alumina (Reference)
N-9000NS N-9000T ISO 6474※1 ASTM F603※1
Bulk Density g/cm3 3.99 3.99 ≧3.94 ≧3.90
  Al2O3 >99.9 >99.9 ≧99.5 ≧99.5
MgO <0.05 <0.05 ≦ 0.3
Other <0.05 <0.05
 Amount of SiO2+CaO+
Alkali Metal Oxide
 %  ―  ―  ≦0.1
Amount of SiO2+ Alkali Metal Oxide  %  ―  ―  ― ≦0.1
  Ave. Crystal size μm 0.95 0.95 ≦4.5 ≦7
Grain Boundary μm  ―  ―  ≦2.6  ―
Bending Strength MPa 822 750 ≧400
Elastic Modules GPa 406 401 ≧380
Vickers Hardness GPa 21.4 18.8

Literature 1:Pharmaceutical and Food Safety Bureau No. 1008001 Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare
Drug and Foods Administration Dept., Medical Device Investigation Office(October, 8th, 2008)

Case introduction

  • Parts for dialysis machine (Tube)
    Since it is translucent, it’s easy to check the blood flow.
  • Parts for mechanical parts (Tube,  Used to abrasion part)
  • Alternative Sapphire wafer
item11b
Tube φ15×φ6×56L
透光性アルミナN-9000NS
Pipe φ4×φ2×170L

 

 

 

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