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May 21st, 2009

Summertime Educational Opportunities

ACerS is offering several new and convenient education and training opportunities in the months ahead:


    • Test Standards and Specifications for the Global Advanced Ceramics Market:
    • Status, Needs and Challenges – Aug. 12, 2009, 1:00-2:30 p.m. EST Stephen T. Gonczy will lead this 90-minute ceramic materials “webinar” that will cover current test standards for advanced ceramics, ASTM C28 Committee activities and the use of advanced ceramic test standards. Testing and research professionals, product developers, program managers and marketing executives will benefit from participating in this practical and interactive discussion on the need for new standards for advanced ceramics applications. Gonczy is president and research director of Gateway Materials Technology, Mount Prospect, Ill.


    • Costs for the webinar are $95 per person for ACerS members ($145 for nonmembers). Site access participation, allowing unlimited viewers at one location is $225 for members ($325 for nonmembers). See


    web page for more information.

Short Courses:

  • Introduction to Ceramic Phase Diagrams
    Date: June 29-30, 2009 Location: ACerS headquarters, Columbus, OH.
    Instructor: Matthew Hall
    Topics include basic features of binary- and ternary-phase diagrams, application of the lever rule in binary phase, construction of Alkemade lines and application of the Alkemade Theorem, identification of compatibility triangles in ternary-phase diagrams, construction and application of isothermal sections in ternary-phase diagrams, cooling pathways in ternary-phase diagrams, isoplethal analysis in ternary-phase diagrams and limitations of phase diagrams.
  • Fundamentals of Glass Science and Technology
    Date: July 13-14, 2009
    Location: ACerS headquarters, Columbus, Oh.
    Instructor: Arun K. Varshneya, Alfred University
    Topics include glass science (commercial glass families, glassy state, nucleation and crystallization, phase separation, glass structure), glass technology, batch calculations, glass melting and forming, glass properties and engineering principles, elementary fracture analysis, commercial oxide glass families and their key properties, physical relationship to liquids and solids, the relationship between properties and common applications, and the formation and annealing of common commercial glass products.
  • Ceramic Injection Molding
    Date: Sept. 16-17, 2009
    Location: Double Tree Hotel, San Diego, Calif.
    Instructor: Randall M. German, San Diego State University
    Topics include applications and examples, feedstock, binder systems, mixing and rheological testing, tooling, molding machines, debinding options, sintering cycles, process simulation, inspection, testing, tricks to improve yield, cost structure and calculations, case studies, facilities design, research efforts, markets analysis and emerging opportunities.


The early-bird, per-person registration rate for a two-day short course enables ACerS members to register for $675, nonmembers to register for $765 and students to register for $225. Nonmembers who would like to register for a short course plus join ACerS, can register at the special rate of only $785. Early registration rates expire 30 days prior to each short-course date. See ceramics.org/shortcourses for more information.

Register online or call 1-866-721-3322, and one of ACerS friendly customer service representatives will be pleased to help you.

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