phase diagram for ceramic systems

An ACerS Online Course

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 The next live, online course begins on

September 21, 2021

(for registration rates and to register, scroll to the bottom of the page)


This course provides a practical understanding of the value and use of phase diagrams in ceramic technology

Instructor:  Carl Frahme, Ph.D., FACerS

Course description

The online course Using Phase Diagrams in Industry will give you a practical understanding of the value and use of phase diagrams in ceramic technology, whether you have a background in their use or not. The course starts with basics and builds into the practical application of a wide variety of different phase diagrams in all aspects of ceramic technology—from new product development to failure analysis. It also looks at the kinetics (dynamics) of phase transformations and at non-equilibrium situations, which are common in ceramic processing. The field of controlled nucleation and growth of crystalline phases in glass-ceramic materials is also covered in depth. This is a comprehensive but practical phase diagram course designed for ceramic manufacturing and development personnel.

Who will benefit?

The prime audience for the course is personnel directly involved in manufacturing, developing, or improving products in all segment of the industry. This includes:

  • R&D personnel and product developers
  • Plant and project engineers
  • Process control personnel
  • Graduate students entering materials science degree program

Course Outline

4 modules, 18 lessons, ~20 hours of instruction

Module I:  Introduction to Phase Diagrams

Lesson 1- Phase Diagram Basics

Lesson 2- Introduction to the Use of Phase Diagrams

Lesson 3- Crystal Structure and Solid Solutions

Module II:  Application of Binary Phase Diagrams

Lesson 4- Isomorphous Binary Phase Diagrams

Lesson 5- Eutectic Binary Phase Diagrams

Lesson 6- The Alumina-Silica Phase Diagram

Lesson 7- The Alumina-Magnesia Phase Diagram

Lesson 8- Zirconia-Based Phase Diagrams

Lesson 9- Phase Diagrams for Carbides and Nitrides

Lesson 10- Phase Diagrams for Ferroelectrics

Lesson 11- Phase Diagrams for Advanced Applications

Module III:  Application of Ternary Phase Diagrams

Lesson 12- Ternary Phase Diagrams

Lesson 13- Ternary Phase Diagrams for Refractories

Lesson 14- Ternary Phase Diagrams for Glass

Lesson 15- Ternary Phase Diagrams for Advanced Applications

Module IV:  Kinetics of Phase Changes

Lesson 16- Nucleation and Crystal Growth

Lesson 17- Examples of Phase Changes in Ceramics

Lesson 18- Glass-Ceramic Materials

The course is taught live, online, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. ET. The live format allows for questions and answers.

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.

All lessons have assignments designed to make the material presented as relevant to your individual needs as possible.

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.

For other questions about ACerS online courses, email

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.

Course schedule

This online course consists of ~11, two-hour lectures scheduled on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. ET.

Register for the upcoming class below.

  • September 21 - October 26, 2021

Registration rates (per person)

Early bird rate (through August 31, 2021)Regular rate (after August 31, 2021)
Member, individual*$845$945

* 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.