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

Short Courses


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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

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.




Designing Aluminum Structures

Designing Aluminum Structures

Recent Innovations in Electroceramics and Their Applications

State of Materials Design via Additive Manufacturing

Advanced High Strength Steels


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