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James Varner, professor emeritus of ceramic engineering in the Inamori School of Engineering at Alfred University (AU), will deliver the annual Samuel R. Scholes Sr. Lecture on April 25. Varner’s talk, “Fractography–The Key to Reliability (It’s Elementary!),” focuses on the key role that fractography plays in ensuring mechanical reliability. Fractography, Varner explains, is the “means and methods for characterizing a fractured specimen or component.” Fractography involves examining and interpreting markings on surfaces created by fracture, as well as crack patterns.
He says his presentation focuses on the fractography of glasses, but the same general principles apply to the fractography of ceramics. Fracture markings and crack patterns will be shown and discussed. Quantitative fractography will be introduced. Examples and case studies will be provided that illustrate the essential role of fractography in understanding glass strength and in ensuring mechanical reliability.
For additional information, visit www.alfred.edu.