Inamori School of Engineering

Short Courses - Fundamentals of Ceramics
and Ceramic Manufacturing

May 20-22, 2009 (2.5 days - ends at noon on Friday) - registration closed

Who Attends
This course is designed for manufacturing personnel and others that have a need to better understand ceramics and ceramic manufacturing. Little or no ceramics background is necessary for this course. The course is also useful for anyone concerned with ceramic materials or products. You will gain a better understanding of what your company does and/or what your technical people are talking about.

Course Description
The goal of providing a knowledge base to the non-technical person is reached through hands-on experience in a laboratory setting, coupled with classroom presentations and discussions as well as the vocabulary of ceramics. You will receive a brief introduction to chemistry, followed by examples of typical raw materials, fabrication processes, and the high temperature processes that are central to modern ceramic manufacturing. Participants are also encouraged to bring examples of defects or manufacturing problems for discussion.

Course Outline

  • Chemistry as related to ceramics
  • Raw materials (sources and material processing)
  • Batch preparation and control
  • Forming (Slip casting; extrusion, wet and dry pressing)
  • Drying, firing
  • Strength of ceramics
  • Role of defects
  • Thermal properties and thermal shock
  • Other properties
  • Methods of characterization

Dr. William M. Carty is a Professor of Ceramic Engineering, in the Kazuo Inamori School of Engineering, New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred University. Dr. Carty teaches both engineering courses in ceramic processing and whitewares and teaches Ceramic Science for the Artist. His research interests are in ceramic processing of traditional and advanced ceramic materials, microstructure tailoring and evolution, and the identification of defects and their elimination. He received the B.S. and M.S. in Ceramic Engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla and the Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Washington (Seattle). He joined the faculty at Alfred University in 1993.

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