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Understanding Why Ceramics Fail and Designing for Safety

 

The Understanding Why Ceramics Fail and Designing for Safety DVD 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. Taught by Steve Freiman. 

 

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Learning Outcomes  

Engineers who use ceramic components, whether in electronic, optical, or structural applications, recognize that brittleness can result in damage and possible mechanical failure. This short course will explore 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, 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 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.

 

Course Agenda  


Understanding Why Ceramics Fail and Designing for Safety
DISC 1 (1 hr 50 min)

Part 1: What is Brittle Fracture?

Part 2: Environmentally Enhanced Crack Growth

Part 3: Techniques for Measuring and Analyzing Strength

Part 4: Fractographic Analysis

 

DISC 2 (1 hr 20 min)

Part 5: Microstructural Effects

Part 6: Determining Mechanical Reliability and Degree of Safety

Part 7: Where are We? | What More is Needed?

 

Instructor Biography  

 

Steve FreimanSteve Freiman graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a B.ChE. and an M.S. in metallurgy. After earning a Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from the University of Florida in 1968, Freiman worked at the IIT Research Institute and the Naval Research Laboratory. He joined NIST in 1978 and from 1992 to 2002 served as chief of the Ceramics Division at NIST, overseeing programs in ceramic processing and properties. Prior to leaving NIST in 2006 to start a consulting business (Freiman Consulting Inc.), Freiman served for four years as deputy director of the Materials Science and Engineering Laboratory.

 

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