Ceramics and Ceramic Coatings

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.

Monday 4 - Friday 8 March 2019

The course

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.

For queries about this course

Jenna Flint,Short Course Administrator

Provisional syllabus

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

Course overview

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.

Outline of the course

  • 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.

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.

Further information


This is a week long course, from Monday 4 - Friday 8 March 2019.


Price per person is £1600.

If you use our 3 for 2 offer and book on three delegates to this course, then the price will be £3200.

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.

Recommended background reading

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

Course Directors

The Course Directors are Professor Robert Dorey who is a Chartered Engineer and Scientist, and Dr Mark Baker, who is a Chartered Scientist. Both are fellow's of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining.

They 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.

Ceramics brochure

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Department of Mechanical Engineering Sciences
University of Surrey