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An ACerS online course

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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 addresses most of the significant topics in the field of refractories, both theoretically and experimentally. The lectures follow the natural evolution of refractories from their mineral and synthetic origins, to their chemical, mineralogical, and microstructural constitution, and their application, installation, and degradation in service. The sessions are also designed to give the participants knowledge of common refractory testing techniques. The individual sessions are titled in the accompanying outline of the daily topics.

What you will learn

Participants will be introduced to the ceramic engineering fundamentals of all classes of refractories, their constitution, their application, and some of their degradation and failure processes. The sessions are designed to provide the participants with knowledge of fabricating test specimens and the application of standard ASTM test methods.

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.

Refractory installers and maintenance personnel may particularly benefit from better installation and maintenance techniques. 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.

Course schedule

8 units, 24 hours of instruction

The course is taught live, online, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and 1 – 2:30 p.m. ET. The live format allows for questions and answers.

Register for the course below.

  • November 2 – 12

Registration rates (per person)

Early bird rate (through October 23, 2020)Regular rate (after October 23, 2020)
Member, individual$1,575$1,725
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