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Properties and Testing of Refractories

3-Day Short Course | August 13–15, 2024 at the Hilton Garden Inn and Orton headquarters (Westerville, Ohio)

Course Description

This course is an intensive combination of classroom lectures and laboratory demonstrations that address most of the significant properties of refractories, both theoretically and experimentally. The morning lectures will emphasize common refractory testing techniques and microstructural-property relationships for all classes of refractories. The afternoon laboratory sessions are designed to give the participants experience with common refractory tests. The individual sessions are titled in the accompanying outline of the daily topics.

Course Format

18 lessons, 3 days of instruction | In-Person

Instructor Bio

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Joseph Homeny is technical director of the Edward Orton Jr. Ceramic Foundation, Westerville, Ohio. He holds a Ph.D. in ceramic engineering from Pennsylvania State University and M.S. and B.S. degrees from Rutgers University. He has industrial refractories experience in the research laboratories of the J.E. Baker Company and North American Refractories Company, and industrial glass experience at Owens Corning.

Prior to joining Orton in 1992, he was a professor in the ceramic engineering department of University of Illinois. Homeny is active in the refractories and advanced ceramic committees of ASTM.

Registration Rates

Nonmember Access: $2,000 • Member Access: $1,850

Customized training

Looking for training customized to your company? Do you want a course taught privately to your employees? Call Customer Service at 614-890-4700 for details, or contact Marcus Fish to learn about training benefits for our Corporate Partners.

*Employees of ACerS Corporate Partners receive the discounted Individual Member rate. Sapphire Corporate Partners receive an additional 20% discount; Diamond Corporate Partners receive an additional 30% discount. Please contact Customer Service or 614-890-4700 to register employees at the discounted Corporate Partner rates.

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