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Design and Failure of Refractories: Thermomechanical Aspects

Begins on May 7, 2024!

Instructor:  Joseph Homeny, Ph.D.

Course description

This course first addresses the theoretical aspects of thermomechanical behavior of refractories. The topics to be covered include elasticity, thermal expansion, thermal conductivity, thermal stresses, and thermal shock theory. After developing these fundamentals, case studies of the major refractory compositions will be discussed. Microstructural design as it applies to thermomechanical behavior will be emphasized. The lectures will be taught on the undergraduate senior level.

Who will benefit?

Engineers and scientists who are involved in the manufacturing, research and development, or consumption of refractory materials will find this course beneficial. An engineering background is helpful to take this course, although technical professionals may find the subject matter informative and useful.

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Instructor bio

Joseph Homeny

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.

Held on Tuesday's and Thursday's between 11 a.m. -12:15 p.m. for 15 sessions (~19 hours of instruction). The first session begins on May 7.

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Registration Fee
Member, individual*$855

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