January 27 - 28, 2022 | 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Location: In conjunction with ICACC2022, Hilton Daytona Beach Resort and Ocean Center, Daytona Beach, Fla., USA

Instructor: George D. Quinn, NIST

If you are an engineer, scientist, student, technician, or manager interested in the mechanical properties of glasses and ceramics, testing procedures, and the meaning of testing results, then this is an excellent option for you.  Two preeminent leaders of the industry teach this two-day short course that will be held in conjunction with the 44th International Conference  on Advanced Ceramics and Composites (ICACC22).

Course Description

This two day course addresses the mechanical properties of ceramics and glasses for elastic properties, strength measurements, fracture parameters, and indentation hardness.  Attendees will be exposed to how the structures of ceramics and glasses determine those properties, become acquainted with standard test methods, and understand the results.  In addition, students will learn how the results of some tests may be used to design with ceramics and glasses.  Students will also learn about post-mortem analysis of failures.  Continuous fiber reinforced ceramics are not included.  Topics include:

  • Stress, Strain and Elastic Properties and their Measurement
  • Theoretical Strength, Fracture and Fracture Toughness / R-curves
  • Measurement of Strength and Fracture Toughness / R-Curves
  • Weibull Statistical Analysis of Strength, Standards, Effective Volume and Surface, Multimodal Analysis
  • Flaws and Fractography
  • Hardness and Its Measurement
  • Thermal Shock
Learning Outcomes

Attendees will lean the fundamentals of each specific topic and be exposed to how the structures of ceramics and glasses determine those properties.  They will become acquainted with the standard test methods for the listed mechanical properties and be able to complete those tests, understanding the results.  Attendees will learn how the results of some tests may be used to design with ceramics and glasses.  Attendees will also learn about how fractography can be used to verify laboratory testing has been done properly as well as for post-mortem analysis of failures.  They will gain a basic understanding of the mechanical properties and their measurement.

Instructor Biography

George Quinn

Mr. George D. Quinn is an expert on mechanical properties of ceramics and glasses.  He is a world authority on fractographic analysis and he wrote the definitive book: “Fractography of Ceramics and Glasses” in 2007 that now is in its 3rd edition (2020). He retired from the National Institute of Standards and Technology NIST in January 2009 but continues there as a Guest Researcher.  He teaches courses on fractographic analysis of glasses and ceramics both privately and as an instructor at Alfred University.  As a world authority on standardization, mechanical testing, materials science, and fractography, he is frequently consulted on failure analysis problems.  He received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Northeastern University in 1973 and followed it with graduate work at Northeastern and MIT.

He is the author of 240 papers on topics including fractography, mechanical property characterization, standardization, and percolation theory.  He has written three Military, fifteen ASTM, and four ISO standards.  Mr. Quinn created two standard reference materials for hardness as well as the world’s only standard reference material for KIc.  In addition to his seminal book on fractography, he has edited five other books and has 1 patent.  He was Chairman or Vice-chairman of ASTM Committee C-28 from 1986-1997; Chairman of Versailles Advanced Materials and Standards Technical Working Area #3 from 1990 – 2000; and has led five ISO Working groups. Mr. Quinn received the American Ceramic Society’s Outstanding Educator Award for the year 2020 and he is a Fellow of the American Society for Testing and Materials and The American Ceramic Society.

This course has been canceled

Before December 28, 2021 After December 28, 2021
 ACerS Member $775 $875
Nonmember $875 $975
Student $425 $525


Cancellation Policy

ACerS reserves the right to cancel a course up to four weeks before the scheduled presentation date. Please contact ACerS customer service at 1-866-721-3322 or 1-614-890-4700 to confirm that the course is happening before purchasing your airline tickets. ACerS is not responsible for the purchase of non-refundable airline tickets or the cancellation/change fees associated with canceling a flight.

*Employees of ACerS Corporate Partners receive the discounted Individual Member rate.  Sapphire Corporate Partners receive an additional 20% discount; Diamond Corporate Partners receive an additional 30% discount.  Please contact Customer Service or 614-890-4700 to register employees at the discounted Corporate Partner rates.