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2018 Mechanical Properties of Ceramics and Glass Short Course

January 25-26, 2018 | 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Location: In conjunction with ICACC18, Hilton Daytona Beach Resort and Ocean Center, Daytona Beach, Fla., USA

Instructors: George D. Quinn, NIST, and Richard C. Bradt, University of Alabama


If you are an engineer, scientist, student, technician, or manager interested in the mechanical properties of glasses and ceramics, testing procedures, and the meaning of testing results, then this is an excellent option for you.  Two preeminent leaders of the industry teach this two-day short course that will be held in conjunction with the 42nd annual International Conference and Expo on Advanced Ceramics and Composites (ICACC).


Course Description  

This two-day course addresses the mechanical properties of ceramics and glasses for elastic properties, strength measurements, fracture parameters and the indentation hardness. For each of these topical areas, the fundamentals of the properties are discussed, explained, and related to the structure and crystal chemistry of the materials and their microstructure. Standard test methods are covered. Attendees will be exposed to how the structures of ceramics and glasses determine those properties, become acquainted with standard test methods for the listed mechanical properties, and complete these tests and understand the results. In addition, students will learn how the results of some tests may be used to design with ceramics and glasses and about post-mortem analysis of failures. Special topics include:

  • Stress, Strain and Elastic Properties
  • Measuring Elastic Properties
  • Theoretical Strength, Fracture and Fracture Toughness / R-Curves
  • Measuring the Fracture Toughness
  • Strength Test Methods
  • Weibull Derivation
  • Weibull statistics, standards, graphs, multiple flaw populations
  • Flaw Growth and Fatigue
  • Flaws and Fractography
  • Hardness of Ceramics
  • Measuring the Hardness


Learning Outcomes  

Attendees will learn the fundamentals of each specific topic and be exposed to how the structures of ceramics and glasses determine those properties. They will become acquainted with the standard test methods for the listed mechanical properties and be able to complete those tests, understanding the results. (Continuous fiber ceramic matrix composites are not included.) Attendees will learn how the results of some tests may be used to design with ceramics and glasses, as well as learn about post-mortem analyses of failures. They will gain a basic understanding of the mechanical properties of ceramics and their measurement.



Instructor Biographies  

Richard Bradt

Richard C. Bradt is a professor of materials engineering and The Alton N. Scott Professor of engineering at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL. His is an internationally recognized materials engineer/scientist that has presented more than 40 invited international lectures. With over three years of industrial experience and 40+ years of academic experience, Bradt is an experienced academic administrator who has continued his classroom teaching and maintained a world class research program. He continues to publish original research in archival journals. Bradt earned his B.S. in Metallurgy from MIT and his M.S. and Ph.D. in materials engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.



George Quinn

George Quinn is a consultant with expertise in mechanical properties of ceramics and glasses. He is a world authority on fractographic analysis of ceramics and glasses and he wrote the definitive book Fractography of Ceramics and Glasses in 2007. He retired from the National Institute for Standards and Technology NIST in January 2009 but continues there as a guest researcher. He also works as a consultant for the American Dental Association Foundation’s Paffenbarger Research Center in Gaithersburg, MD, on the grounds of NIST. He also is an adjunct professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He teaches courses on ceramics and glasses and fractographic analysis for ACerS, the American Dental Association Foundation, Alfred University and privately. As a world authority on standardization, mechanical testing, materials science, and fractography, he is frequently consulted on failure analysis problems. He received a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Northeastern University in 1973. He is the author of 220 papers on topics including fractography, mechanical property characterization, standardization, and percolation theory. He has written three MIL, 15 ASTM, and four ISO standards. Quinn created three standard reference materials. He has edited five books. He has one patent. He was chairman or vice-chairman of ASTM Committee C-28 from 1986-1997; chairman of Versailles Advanced Materials and Standards Technical Working Area #3 from 1990 – 2000; and has led five ISO Working groups. He is a Fellow of the American Society for Testing and Materials, and also the American Ceramic Society.




Click on your member type in the table below to register online for only the short course.



December 19, 2017

Member $875
Nonmember $975
Student $525



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ACerS reserves the right to cancel a course up to four weeks before the scheduled presentation date. Please contact ACerS customer service at 1-866-721-3322 or 1-240-646-7054 to confirm that the course is happening before purchasing your airline tickets. ACerS is not responsible for the purchase of non-refundable airline tickets or the cancellation/change fees associated with canceling a flight.



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