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Advanced Thermal Properties of Refractories

Instructor:  Joseph Homeny, Ph.D.

Course description

This course is an intensive combination of classroom lectures and live laboratory demonstrations that address the thermal properties of refractories, both theoretically and experimentally. The individual sessions are titled in the accompanying outline of the daily topics. The lectures are taught on the undergraduate senior / graduate level. The fundamentals, along with application to refractories, are emphasized. The live laboratory demonstrations are designed to give the participants experience with common thermal property tests.

Course Objectives

The primary objective of this course is to provide the participants with an in depth understanding of the thermal properties of refractories. The live laboratory demonstrations are designed to provide the participants with direct experience in fabricating test specimens and the application of standard ASTM test methods

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. A high level technical or engineering background is essential to take this course, although technical professionals may 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 Kevin Thompson to learn about training benefits for our Corporate Partners.

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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.

Registration rates (per person)

Registration Rate
ACerS Member$790

*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.