MS&T20 Short Courses

A two-day short course will be held in conjunction with MS&T20 on Saturday, October 3, and Sunday, October 4, prior to the start of technical programming at the meeting. To participate in this course, please register through the MS&T20 registration form and make your travel plans accordingly.

Sintering of Ceramics

Date and Time: October 3, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and October 4, 2020, 9:00 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Location: Westin Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Instructor: Ricardo Castro, University of California, Davis

Sintering is a ubiquitous processing step for manufacturing ceramics for a diverse set of applications. While commonly related to powder processing of ceramic parts, its important roles in other processes, such as additive manufacturing, nanotechnology, and thin films, are less commonly discussed. This two-day course will cover the principles and practices in sintering, giving students sufficient background to be able to:

  • Perform sintering of powders to achieve specified target microstructures
  • Understand the difficulties encountered in practical powder sintering
  • Take practical steps to rectify the problems encountered in producing required target microstructures
  • Understand how sintering aspects help optimization of related ceramic processes
Engineers and scientists in industry, national laboratories, and academia involved in the research, development, and production of ceramics, as well as professionals interested in continuing education in this area are encouraged to attend this course.

Learn more through the course website and register through the MS&T20 registration form.