The commercialization of ceramic components for structural applications are continuing gradually, but not as quickly as expected. One of the obvious reasons is that a worldwide, common set of standard methods to compare and assure the ceramic component quality does not exist.

In order to solve this problem, Japan has set up cooperative activities industrial standards for the structural ceramics among the government, academia and industry. As of 1992, 16 methods of the standard testing procedure had been settled.

However, further work is needed, as at least another 203 standards are required. The following topics will be reviewed.

1. The relevant organizations, their task functions, and how they are co-working with each other.

2. Schedule of standardization settlement.

3. General steps involved in finishing a standard test method.

4. Present view on utilizing properties measured by standard methods of Japanese industry.

5. Future tasks to be solved.

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