Ziamond is happy and proud to announce that it has officially gone global. The migration to make Ziamond an international brand is under way. While it is true that being an e-commerce company allows a company to have a global reach, it’s an entirely different thing to actually make a concerted efforts to provide localized customer service to your global clientele. Ziamond has successfully served customers worldwide for many many years now. Europe, Asia, South America and the Middle East are common places that Ziamond ships to on a daily basis. Now, at the bottom of every web page on the Ziamond website, customers will see nine different country flags that signify nine different languages that the Ziamond website can be translated to. Making it easier for citizens of those countries to read and shop at the Ziamond website at their own leisure. The initial nine languages that Ziamond.com will be translated to will be French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, and Arabic. Ziamond plans on adding more languages in the near future, but with this initial launch the expected impact it will have for the international Ziamond customer is already being demonstrated.
Ziamond has exciting news about the newly discovered and extemely valuable properties and use of cubic zirconia that will astound you and provide a different point of view of this fantastic diamond simulant.
Engineers at Ohio State University are using zirconium dioxide (the ceramic from which we get synthetic diamonds) to protect jet engines from high-temperature corrosion.
The fan blades in modern aircraft engines are coated with a protective ceramic to keep them from overheating. When the metal heats up, it expands, and the ceramic coating expands with it. But when grains of sand are inevitably sucked in and contact the many thousand-degree blades, they melt and make glass. The glass not only breaks down the coating when hot, but when it cools, it forms an inelastic layer on top of the protective coating. When the blades heat up again, the glass doesn’t expand and breaks off the ceramic, shortening the life of the engine.
On the right side of the image above, the zirconium coating protects from the molten glass. The left, with its conventional coating, is easily damaged. The promise of the zirconia lies in its ability to force the glass to bond with other elements in the coating, changing it into a stable crystal. It in effect turns the glass into an additional layer of protective ceramic every time new sand contacts the blades and melts.
This zirconium application doesn’t come cheap. It’s a cost-intensive process to manufacture and has yet to be tested on complex shapes. However, even in its early stages, it promises to be a boon for efficiency not just in aircraft engines, but ultimately for automobiles and all types of heat-producing engines as well.