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University offers short course on glass/ceramics fracture, failure

Alfred University’s (AU) Inamori School of Engineering will offer a short course for glass and ceramic engineers, scientists, and technicians entitled Fracture Analysis and Failure Prevention of Glasses and Ceramics from Monday, July 30-Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012.

This hands-on course will cover the examination and interpretation of markings on fracture-exposed surfaces of glasses and polycrystalline ceramics and the analysis of crack systems (fractography). It will also explore the use of fractography in failure analysis, strength testing and fracture mechanics testing. The course will use discussions, case studies, and examples to analyze links between fractography and failure prevention.

The course will be limited to 18 students so early registration is encouraged. A course fee of $1,395 will be charged, which includes the Fractography of Ceramics and Glasses practice guide. To find more detailed information and registration forms, please go to:

Days 1 and 2 of the course, which will run from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. on June 19 and 20, will cover the fundamentals of fractography, including its applications, markings and explanations and examining glass specimens.

Day 3, which will run from 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. on June 21, will explore the equipment and documentation used in fractography as well as elements of quantitative fractography.

Day 4, which will run from 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. on June 22, will cover origin flaw types in ceramics, single crystals, Weibull strength analysis and fractography, and case studies in glass and ceramics.

James Varner and George Quinn will teach the course. Varner, a professor of ceramic engineering in the College of Ceramics at Alfred University, received his Ph.D. in ceramics at AU. Quinn is a recently retired ceramic engineer with the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, MD. He received his BSME from Northeastern University.