October 13-14, 2018 | 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Location: In conjunction with MS&T18, Hilton Columbus Downtown, Columbus, Ohio USA
Instructor: Ricardo Castro, University of California, Davis

Engineers and scientists in industry, national laboratories, and academia involved in the research, development, and production of ceramics, as well as professionals interested in continuing education in this area are encouraged to attend this course.

Course Description

Sintering is a ubiquitous processing step for manufacturing ceramics for a diverse set of applications. While commonly related to powder processing of ceramic parts, its important roles in other processes, such as additive manufacturing, nanotechnology and thin films, are less commonly discussed.

This two-day course will cover the principles and practices in sintering, giving the students sufficient background to be able to:

  • perform sintering of powders to achieve specified target microstructures
  • understand the difficulties encountered in practical powder sintering
  • take practical steps to rectify the problems encountered in producing required target microstructures
  • understand how sintering aspects help optimization of related ceramic processes.

Instructor Biography

Ricardo Castro is a professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of California, Davis. He is the head of the Nanoceramics Thermochemistry Laboratory, which is dedicated to providing fundamental understanding of ceramic nanomaterials and their behavior during sintering and operation at extreme environments, such as high temperatures and irradiation. Castro’s research has led to significant advancement on fundamental understanding of densification processes and sintering control, conferring him the Robert L. Coble Award by The American Ceramic Society and the Global Young Investigator Award by its Engineering Ceramics Division, among other important national and international awards.


After October 12, 2018

If you have questions about registration, please contact Customer Service at 866-721-3322 (toll free U.S. only) or 1-614-890-4700 (outside U.S.).

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Cancellation Policy

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 1-614-890-4700 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.