Ceramics and Ceramic Coatings

Key information

Start date: To be confirmed

Attendance dates:

To be confirmed

Time commitment: 5 days


Stag Hill campus, University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XH

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This 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 in this course. 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.

Who is this course for?

This 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.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course, 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.
  • Understand the techniques used to produce ceramics and ceramic coatings and the influence of these on the resulting microstructures.
  • Understand 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.

Course content

Content includes the following:

  • Overview of materials and application areas
  • Designing with ceramic
  • Ferroelectric and related properties.
  • Interfaces and adhesion of coatings
  • Joining of ceramics
  • Mechanical and wear test methods
  • Mechanical properties of ceramics and coatings
  • New developments in wear resistant coatings
  • Processing of bulk ceramics
  • Thermo-mechanical behaviour
  • Thick film processing
  • Thin film growth

Learning and teaching methods

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • Lectures
  • Tutorial classes

Course leader

Robert Dorey

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Mark Baker

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Entry requirements

There are no formal prerequisites but some basic knowledge of materials science will be assumed.

Fees and funding

Price per person:


Standard rate


EngD student


3 for 2 offer*

Our 3 for 2 offer means three delegates may attend for the price of two.

What these fees include

* This offer is provided that payment is received one month before the course start date.

Our EngD student price is applicable for both University of Surrey students and those attending from another university.

How to apply

Payment can be accepted by purchase order, credit card or bank transfer on our online store.

Please note that we do not charge VAT as we are an educational establishment.

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