The teaching objective of this course is to help students understand the fundamentals of ceramic materials and the basic physicochemical properties of ceramics. Upon completion of this course, students should be able to Describe the scope of ceramic materials Describe the bonding chemistry of ceramics Tell the correlations between the chemical bondings of ceramics and the resulted physicochemical properties Use chemical equations to describe the reactions of defects Understand the sintering principles and densification mechanisms of ceramics Tell the basic physical and electrical properties of ceramics
The course will cover the following topics: Introduction Bondings in ceramics Ceramic structures Effect of chemical forces and structure in physical properties Thermodynamics and kinetic considerations Defects in ceramics Diffusion and electrical conductivity Sintering and grain growth Dielectric properties
Course work will be weighted as follows: Exams－ 2 exams; both are equally weighted as 45% Homework and attendance－10% Exam policy: All exams and quizzes will be closed book and closed notes. Homework: Discussion on HW is allowed and encouraged, but copying someone else’s solution or allowing others to copy yours is cheating and a violation. Attendance: Each absence will get a -1% Each lateness* will get a -0.5% *Later arriving than teacher has to sign the late sheet.
1. Required text: “Fundamentals of ceramics” by Barsoum (2000) 2. Handout