Materials Science & Technology 2014
October 12-16, 2014
David L. Lawrence Convention Center
Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Short Courses


Register by September 12th to save up to $150 on short course registration! Download the paper form or sign up online.


Saturday, October 11 | Sunday, October 12

Fundamentals of Glass Science and Technology
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. | 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Onsite Rates: Member - $975  |  Nonmember - $1065  |  Student - $470

Instructor: Arun K. Varshneya, Professor of Glass Science & Engineering, Alfred University

The course covers basic glass science and technology in order to broaden or improve one’s foundation in the understanding of glass as a material of choice. This one and a half day course covers the following topics:

  • Glass science (commercial glass families, glassy state, nucleation and crystallization, phase separation, glass structure)
  • Glass technology, batch calculations
  • Glass melting and forming
  • Glass properties such as density, hardness, viscosity, thermal expansion coefficient, chemical durability and engineering principles such as annealing, strength and strengthening
  • Elementary fracture analysis


Sunday, October 12

Understanding Why Ceramics Fail and Designing for Safety
8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Onsite Rates: Member - $975  |  Nonmember - $1065  |  Student - $470

Instructor: Steve Freiman, Freiman Consulting Inc.; John J. (Jack) Mecholsky, Jr., University of Florida

Engineers who use ceramic components, whether in electronic, optical, or structural applications, recognize that their brittleness can result in damage and possible mechanical failure. In this course we will explore the practical fracture mechanics background necessary to understand brittle failure, and describe some of the unique characteristics of ceramic materials which must be taken into account in their design and use. Microstructural effects, which have a major influence on both fracture toughness and strength, will be explored in some detail. The deleterious effects of external environments, particularly water, on crack growth, and the test procedures needed to explore this phenomenon will be discussed. Best practices in the use of both fracture mechanics and strength tests will be reviewed. Quantitative fractographic analysis of failed parts will be shown to be a powerful tool in understanding the cause of failure as well as to quantitatively determine failure stresses that arose in-service. Finally, a modern, computer-driven approach to statistically examine strength distributions for ceramics will be demonstrated. It will be shown that this tool can be used to set service stresses which will ensure safe lifetimes to very low probabilities of failure.


Sunday, October 12

Designing Aluminum Structures
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Onsite Rates: Member - $679  |  Nonmember - $799  |  Student - $329

Instructor: Randy Kissell

This seminar explains how to use the Aluminum Association’s Aluminum Design Manual (ADM), a guide to the design of aluminum structures and structural components. Compliance with Part I of the ADM, the Specification for Aluminum Structures, is required by all US building codes. This seminar is intended to bring you up to speed in the aluminum Specification so you can design with it as confidently as you would in steel or concrete. Since many engishort courses neers don’t know what aluminum alloys and products are available, how they’re specified, or what their properties are, this course begins by familiarizing you with aluminum. Then we address designing aluminum structural members and connections, including tension members, compression members, local buckling, flexural members, fatigue, welded, bolted, and screwed connections, and the effect of welding on member strength. Sample design problems are worked using the Specification for Aluminum Structures.


Sunday, October 12

Microstructures 101 and Beyond
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Onsite Rates: Member - $679  |  Nonmember - $799  |  Student - $329

Instructor: Frauke Hogue, Hogue Metallography

Do you interpret microstructures on a regular basis, for quality control, failure analysis or research? Are you just curious about what the structures mean that you have been seeing all these years or is metallography a new field for you? In any case, this class is for you! It is a one-day version of the 5-day class that has been presented to rave reviews at the ASM Headquarters in Materials Park, Ohio, for the past ten years. The focus is on practical interpretation, NOT theory, phase diagrams, and thermodynamics. There are no prerequisites. We will look at slides of over 100 microstructures and find out and discuss what each structure tells us about the type of material, manufacturing methods used, heat treatment, mechanical properties, and sometimes even failure modes.


Sunday, October 12

State of Materials Design via Additive Manufacturing
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Onsite Rates: Member - $679  |  Nonmember - $799  |  Student - $329

Instructor: Reginald F. Hamilton

The focus of this course is to explore additive manufacturing from a materials design perspective. The selection of a specific process is based on feature resolution and fabrication rate. For example, electron beam processes that utilize wire feeding are capable of producing large features at high fabrication rates. Powder-fed processes produce reasonable feature resolution, while powder-bed technologies produce the highest feature resolution. Present applications primarily take advantage of AM for net-shape part fabrication and the fast production of net-shapes of complex structural hierarchy. A fundamental understanding of the relationships between processing, microstructure, properties, and performance will advance the implementation of additive manufacturing of shape memory alloys. Many complex physical processes occur simultaneously during the interaction between lasers and the material surface. These interactions are primarily governed by laser power, power density profile, pulse duration, and in multiple pulse situations, pulse frequency and duty cycle. Rapid heating and cooling of the structure, melting, solidification, vaporization, deformation of the liquid surface, and the ejection of droplets can occur simultaneously. Though complexities abound, AM unequivocally facilitates compositional and microstructural control.


Sunday, October 12

Advanced High Strength Steels
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Onsite Rates: Member - $679  |  Nonmember - $799  |  Student - $329

Instructor: Mahmoud Y. Demeri

Based on the book with the same name, this course is a comprehensive review of the science, technology and applications of Advanced High Strength Steels (AHSS). Advanced High-Strength Steels: Science, Technology and Applications is included when taking this course. Learn about the types, microstructures, thermal processing, deformation, mechanisms, properties, performance, benefits, challenges, trends, sustainability, economics, applications and evolving grades of AHSS. The high strength and remarkable ductility of AHSS make them suitable for a variety of uses in the automotive, construction, aerospace, railway, marine and military applications.


Sunday, October 12

Recent Innovations in Electroceramics and Their Applications



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