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Ceramic Materials Courses

Increase Your Knowledge with ACerS Ceramic Materials Short Courses

Are you an engineer, scientist, operations professional or student looking to increase your materials science knowledge? Continue your education with ACerS Ceramic Materials Short Courses. Taught by experts, these courses expand on foundational topics and equip attendees with additional skills for the marketplace.

ACerS courses at meetings

To reserve your spot, select a course below or contact Customer Service at 866-721-3322 or 240-646-7054.


April 23-24, 2017

Statistical Process Control in Ceramic Processingheld in conjunction with the Ceramics Expo in Cleveland, Ohio.


April 23-24, 2017

OSHA 10-Hour Industrial Outreach Safety Course, held in conjunction with the Ceramics Expo in Cleveland, Ohio.


April 23-24, 2017  

Introduction to Additive Manufacturing, held in conjuction with the Ceramics Expo in Cleveland, Ohio.


April 24, 2017  Workshop Cancelled

Lean Essentials Boot Camp Basics for Manufacturing, held in conjunction with the Ceramics Expo in Cleveland, Ohio.


May 20, 2017

Glass Corrosion, held in conjunction with PACRIM 12 in Waikoloa, Hawaii.


ACerS courses on DVD

Bioceramics: Advances and Challenges for Affordable Healthcare (2 DVD set)
Taught by the late Dr. Larry Hench, the course features five lectures that discuss the ethical and technical challenges facing affordable healthcare in the 21st century with an emphasis on the evolution and clinical applications of bioactive ceramic materials. Review the four-course series.


Surface Chemistry and Characterization of Bioactive Glasses (4 DVD set) 

Gain an in-depth view of the mechanisms behind this revolutionary science in this second DVD series by the late Dr. Larry Hench. This nine-lecture short course provides detailed insight into the discovery of bioactive materials, with reviews of animal models and clinical applications. Additionally, obtain an overview of the mechanisms and technology behind bioglass bonding, toxicology and biocompatibility, with a particular emphasis on characterization strategies and how to determine the best method of quality assurance.


Sintering of Ceramics (6 DVD set)
Taught by Dr. Mohamed N. Rahaman, the course covers sintering basics; diffusion and defect chemistry; solid-state, viscous and liquid-phase sintering; microstructure development and control; and much more. The course can be taught over two days or segmented by topics. Order now!


Understanding Why Ceramics Fail and Designing for Safety (2 DVD set) 

Taught by Steve Freiman. This short course explores the practical fracture mechanics background necessary to understand brittle failure, and describe some of the unique characteristics of ceramic materials that must be taken into account in their design and use. Microstructural effects, the deleterious effects of external environments on crack growth, and test procedures will be discussed. The course also will review best practices in the use of both fracture mechanics and strength tests, the powerful tool of quantitative fractographic analysis in understanding the cause of failure, and a modern, computer-driven approach to statistically examine strength distributions for ceramics and set service stresses to ensure safe lifetimes to very low probabilities of failure.


Glass Melting Furnaces (2 DVD set) 

Taught by C. Philip Ross, this course reviews aspects of glass melting furnaces from the recent past, current practices, as well as the direction the industry will progress into the future. A discussion of various furnace types will include their preferred attributes for different glass types. Similarly, the selection requirements for various furnace refractories types and their properties in service are discusses. The conversion from raw materials to molten glass in the “fusion” process within the furnace is detailed. The principles of key preferred operating parameters are discussed relative to glass quality, energy efficiency and furnace. Mechanisms of air emission generation and control within glass furnaces are briefly covered. A review of innovation trends is also offered which show where there is interest for future advancements in furnace configurations and operation.


Air Emission Issues in Glass Melting Furnaces (2 DVD set)

Taught by C. Philip Ross, this course reviews aspects of air emissions from glass melting furnaces, including the historical regulatory trend (past, present, and near future), issues for permitting of new and existing furnaces, as well as agency perspectives on drivers to change emission standards. Each category of air emission type is reviewed relative to the different mechanisms of generation in glass furnaces, methods of measurement and monitoring emission levels, and furnace operating check lists for each criteria pollutant to minimize their emissions. The discussion includes the preferred means of reducing emissions via process modifications, as well as various “add-on” equipment technologies.


ACerS & ASM online courses

ACerS and ASM International have partnered to offer specialized educational courses in ceramic technology. The ceramic industry requires specialized training in ceramic technology, but the opportunities for such training, outside of traditional 4-5 year college engineering programs, is very limited. The courses offered through this partnership provide basic ceramic technology training. These online courses make learning a snap with no travel cost and no time away from the job. Take a look at the courses and spur your lifelong learning!


Ceramic Laboratory Procedures 

Ceramic Processing

Electronic Ceramics and Materials

Fundamentals of Ceramics

Glass Technology

Glaze Technology

Materials Science For Industry

Physical Properties of Ceramic Materials

Refractory Technology

Statistical Process Control for Ceramics and Glass



To receive an ACerS member discount, contact ASM International customer service at 1-440-338-5151, ext. 0 or 1-800-336-5152 ext. 0.


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Organize a Course

If you would like to volunteer to organize a 1- or 2-day short course on a ceramic science, engineering or business topic, download the Ceramic Materials Course Proposal and send it to Mark Mecklenborg.


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