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Course description

The Advanced Ceramic Industry includes a myriad of products and applications. A comprehensive knowledge of the science behind this diverse field is an absolute necessity for anyone in the industry. That is the first leg of this course. The second leg is to explore the properties and applications that define the industry as a whole. This is a challenging undertaking, and the course is designed to provide comprehensive coverage in one place.

The course starts in Module I by delving into the basic science underlying these properties and applications, since this is fundamental to our understanding the field and technology. Students do not need a background in science, since the course will provide all the necessary coverage. However, the scientific foundation will be extensive and in significant depth.

Module II covers the mechanical, electrical, optical, thermal, and magnetic properties of advanced ceramic materials in considerable depth, and for each property explores a variety of important applications related to the advanced ceramic industry. Examples include ceramic armor, cutting and grinding tools, toughening, ceramic semiconductors, superconductors, dielectrics and ferroelectric/piezoelectric devices, transparent polycrystalline armor, fiber communications, lasers, thermal barrier coatings, nuclear fuel pellets, high temperature fiber insulation, telescope mirror blanks, and stove tops, battery technology, and new diamond applications

Module III discusses the impact ceramic and other sciences have had on society as well as a peak into the future. The course does not cover manufacturing technology, which is covered in depth in the course Ceramic Manufacturing Technology.

ACerS Fellow Carl Frahme draws on his long career in ceramics manufacturing and more than four decades experience teaching ceramic engineering concepts to deliver the fundamental concepts you need to do your job better.

Who will benefit?

  • Engineers, plant operators, supervisors, and QA staff in the advanced ceramic industry
  • R&D engineers and technicians in the advanced ceramic industry
  • Sales and marketing staff in the advanced ceramic industry

What you'll learn

Introduction to Ceramic Science, Technology, and Manufacturing
3 modules, 13 lessons, 24 hours of instruction

  • The Science Behind Ceramic Materials
    Atoms | Crystals | Microstructure | Structure–property relationships | Phase Diagrams
  • Properties and Applications
    Mechanical | Electrical | Optical | Thermal | Magnetic
  • Challenges, opportunities, and the future

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.

Students who complete the assignments will receive a certificate of completion.

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.

For other questions about ACerS online courses, email customerservice@ceramics.org.

Instructor bio


Carl Frahme, FACerS, owns a consulting firm focusing in three areas: technical and manufacturing consulting, education and training, and expert witness services. He also teaches material science as an adjunct for the University of Kansas. Frahme has more than 50 years of technical and educational experience and services.

Frahme holds a Ph.D. in ceramic sciences and engineering from Rutgers University.



Registration Rate
Member, individual*$845

*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.