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Ceramics and Ceramic Coatings - 5 - 9 March 2018

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Ceramics and Ceramic Coatings  - 5 - 9 March 2018

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The course will provide a detailed consideration of the fundamentals and underpinning science of the processing and mechanical properties of engineering ceramics and ceramic coatings. Topics such as wear, thermo-mechanical behaviour and design will be addressed. Where appropriate, examples of actual materials and components will be used to illustrate these generic principles and new developments will be identified. The lecture content will be reinforced and enhanced through tutorial/exercise class sessions.


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Course Dates

5th March 2018 – 9th March 2018

Course Leader

Prof Robert Dorey
Course Description


Topics covered include: processing of ceramics, film growth, thermo-mechanical behaviour and joining.

Who Should Attend?

The course is designed for scientists and engineers seeking an understanding of engineering ceramics and ceramic coatings. It will be suitable for graduates with no or limited ceramic experience wishing to widen the scope of their knowledge. There are no formal prerequisites but some basic knowledge of materials science will be assumed.

Module Aims

This course aims to provide students/delegates with:

  • a systematic understanding of the techniques used to produce ceramics and ceramic coatings and the influence of these on the resulting microstructures
  • a detailed knowledge of the properties of ceramics and ceramic coatings, with specific reference to load-bearing and/or wear applications, and an understanding of how these properties are related to the processing routes and microstructures
  • an appreciation of the key application areas of ceramics and ceramic coatings



Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  • describe and select appropriate processing conditions for a range of ceramic and ceramic coating materials
  • compare and contrast the microstructural features that will result from particular processing routes
  • understand the relationships between processing, microstructural development and properties in a range of ceramic materials in bulk and coating forms
  • use statistical methods to predict the strength of a ceramic in a range of loading regimes and environments
  • predict, qualitatively and semi-quantitatively, the fracture behaviour of a range of ceramics coating microstructures subject to simple mechanical loading, indentation, wear by hard particles and thermal stresses
  • select, with the supporting rationale, the most appropriate materials for existing and potential applications


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