Ceramics and Ceramic Coatings

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.


University of Surrey


9 - 13 March 2020

Number of days

Five weekdays

Hours of study

9am - 5:30pm

Course overview

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.

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

Course details

Please note that we reserve the right to alter the syllabus. Any major changes will be notified to delegates before the course starts.

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.

On successful completion of this course you will have:

  • 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.

Over this week long course we will go through the following:

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

Barsoum Fundamentals of Ceramics
Institute of Physics, 2002 (second edition) ISBN: 978-0750309028

Brook Concise Encyclopedia of Advanced Ceramic Materials
Pergamon Press, 1991 ISBN: 0080347207

Carter and Norton CERAMIC MATERIALS Science and Engineering
Springer, 2007 ISBN-10: 0-387-46270-8

Chawla Ceramic Matrix Composites
Chapman & Hall, 1993; second edition available ISBN: 0412367408

Chiang, Birnie and Kingery PHYSICAL CERAMICS Principles for Ceramic Science and Engineering
John Wiley & Sons, 1997 ISBN: 0471598739

Davidge Mechanical Behaviour of Ceramics
Cambridge University Press, 1979 ISBN: 05212 19159

Green An Introduction to the Mechanical Properties of Ceramics
Cambridge University Press, 1998 ISBN: 05212 59913X

Lee & Rainforth CERAMIC MICROSTRUCTURES Property Control by Processing
Chapman & Hall, 1994 and 2002 ISBN: 0412431408

Professor Robert Dorey

Professor Dorey is a Chartered Engineer and Scientist, he is also a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining.

Dr Mark Baker

Dr Baker is a Chartered Scientist he is also a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining.

The course leaders will be joined by colleagues from across the University of Surrey’s materials activity, as well as external experts, Professor Roger Morrell and Professor John Fernie.


Price per person is £1600.

How to apply

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

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

Register your interest

If you are interested in taking this course then please contact the Short Course Administrator, Jenna Flint: