January 31-February 1, 2019 | 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Location: In conjunction with ICACC19, 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 43rd 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.  Attendees will be exposed to how the structures of ceramics and glasses determine those properties, become acquainted with standard test methods, and understand the results. In addition, students will learn how the results of some tests may be used to design with ceramics and glasses.  Students will also learn about post-mortem analysis of failures.  Continuous fiber reinforced ceramics are not included.  Special topics include:

  • Stress, Strain and Elastic Properties and their Measurement
  • Theoretical Strength, Fracture and Fracture Toughness / R-Curves
  • Measurement of Strength and Fracture Toughness / R-Curves
  • Weibull Statistical Analysis of Strength, Standards, Effective Volume and Surface, Multimodal Analysis
  • Flaws and Fractography
  • Hardness and Its Measurement
  • Thermal Shock (time permitting)
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 test, understanding the results.  Attendees will learn how the results of some tests may be used to design with ceramics and glasses.  Attendees will also learn about how fractography can be used to verify laboratory testing has been done properly as well as for post-mortem analysis of failures.  They will gain a basic understanding of the mechanical properties and their measurement.

Instructor Biographies

Richard Bradt

Richard C. Bradt is a professor emeritus 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.  Bradt is a distinguished life member of ACerS.

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 is an adjunct professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He teaches courses on fractographic analysis of ceramics and glasses both privately and as an instructor at Alfred University since 1996. 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.

Quinn is the author of 240 papers on topics including fractography, mechanical property characterization, standardization, and percolation theory.  He has written three MIL, 15 ASTM, and four ISO standards.  Mr. Quinn created two standard reference materials for hardness and the world’s only standard reference material for KIc.  He has edited five books and 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.

Quinn is a Fellow of the American Society for Testing and Materials and the American Ceramic Society


Registration will open October 1.

Before December 24, 2018 After December 24, 2018
Member $775 $875
Nonmember $875 $975
Student $425 $525


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.