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An ACerS online course

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A complete course that focuses on the significant properties of all classes of refractories

PURCHASE THE PRE-RECORDED COURSE and learn at your own pace


Instructor:  Joseph Homeny, Ph.D.

Course description

This course addresses most of the significant properties of refractories, both theoretically and experimentally. The lectures emphasize microstructural-property relationships. The live laboratory demonstrations are designed to give participants the knowledge of common refractory testing techniques. The individual sessions are titled in the accompanying outline of the daily topics.

What you will learn

The objectives of this course are to introduce the participants to the fundamental properties of all classes of refractories. Each session consists of lectures followed by laboratory demonstrations. The lectures are designed to provide the participants with a basic knowledge of the significant properties of refractories. The live laboratory demonstrations cover the corresponding property measurement techniques.

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 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.

PURCHASE THE PRE-RECORDED COURSE and learn at your own pace

4 Sessions, 3 hours per session (total hours ~ 12 hours)

Registration rates (per person)

Registration Rates
Member, individual*$860

*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.