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A complete course focused on the fundamentals of all classes of refractories and their applications

Instructor:  Joseph Homeny, Ph.D.

Course description

This course is an introduction to the field of refractory technology. It first addresses the basic aspects of solid-state chemistry and physics necessary to understand refractories. Next, each major refractory composition is discussed in detail, from raw materials to final properties. Finally, the various applications of refractories are discussed.

What you will learn

Participants will be introduced to the ceramic engineering fundamentals of all classes of refractories, their constitution, and their application.

Who will benefit?

Engineers, managers, contractors, purchasing agents, furnace operators, maintenance supervisors, and technicians who are involved in the manufacturing, marketing, research and development, or consumption of refractory materials will find this course beneficial. A high level technical or engineering background is not essential to take this course, although technical professionals will find the subject matter informative and useful.

Need to miss a lecture?

All lectures will be recorded, so even if you cannot attend the live lectures, you can still take the course using the recordings. They will be posted after each live lecture and include the very same video and audio content and personalized instructor feedback.

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.

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View and download the course outline here

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.

Recorded Course Now Available! (approximately 25 hours of instruction)

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Registration rates (per person)

Registration Fee
Member, individual*$1400

* 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.