February 1-2, 2024 in conjunction with the ICACC Meeting

Instructor: George D. Quinn, NIST

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. Prof. Quinn, a preeminent leader in this field, leads this two-day short course that will be held in conjunction with the ICACC 2024 Meeting.

Course Description

This two day course addresses the mechanical properties of ceramics and glasses for elastic properties, strength measurements, fracture parameters, and 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.  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
Learning Outcomes

Attendees will lean 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.  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 Bio
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George Quinn is an expert on mechanical properties of ceramics and glasses.  He is a world authority on fractographic analysis 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 has taught courses on fractographic analysis of glasses and ceramics both privately and as an instructor at Alfred University.  As a world authority on standardization, mechanical testing, materials science, and fractography, he is frequently consulted on failure analysis problems.  He received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Northeastern University in 1973 and followed it with graduate work at Northeastern and MIT.

He is the author of 240 papers on topics including fractography, mechanical property characterization, standardization, and percolation theory.  He has written three Military, fifteen ASTM, and four ISO standards.  Mr. Quinn created two standard reference materials for hardness as well as the world’s only standard reference material for KIc.  In addition to his seminal book on fractography, he has edited five other books and has 1 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 The American Ceramic Society.


  • February 1-2, 2024 - 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. each day
  • Location: Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Hotel, Daytona Beach, Florida
  • Continental breakfast and lunch each day

What previous attendees are saying about this course:

  • “The instructor was very knowledgeable and made it easy to understand. The printed resources provided were extremely helpful.”
  • “The instructor was extremely knowledgeable and willing and able to answer all questions posed by attendees.”
  • “This was a fascinating course, diving into many details on mechanical properties, including what can go wrong with testing of ceramic and glass materials.”
Registration Rates
Before Dec. 31, 2023 After Dec. 31, 2023
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.