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An ACerS-Orton Live Short Course - July 18-20, 2023 in Westerville, Ohio

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Instructor:  Joseph Homeny, Ph.D.

Course description

This course is an intensive combination of classroom lectures and laboratory demonstrations that address most of the significant properties of refractories, both theoretically and experimentally. The morning lectures will emphasize common refractory testing techniques and microstructural-property relationships for all classes of refractories. The afternoon laboratory sessions are designed to give the participants experience with common refractory tests. The individual sessions are titled in the accompanying outline of the daily topics.

Course Objectives

The objectives of this course are to introduce the participants to the fundamentals of common refractory testing techniques and the microstructural-property relationships for all classes of refractories. The laboratory sessions 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, 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.

Properties and Testing of Refractories Schedule

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.

Three Day Short Course: July 18, 19, 20, 2023


Includes Breakfast and Lunch each day

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Registration rates (per person)

Registration Rates
Member, individual*$1,850

*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.

Customized training

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