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The 105th Annual Meeting of The American Ceramic Society (ACerS) will be held April 27-30, 2003, in Nashville, Tenn. Exhibiting companies will display a variety of products, including raw materials/minerals; manufactured materials; testing and evaluation equipment; instrumentation and controls; refractories; firing equipment; finishing equipment; material handling, storage and packaging equipment; forming equipment; outsourcing/engineering services; and batch preparation equipment. A technical program will also be held and will cover topics ranging from materials science and engineering to technology and manufacturing.
In the Focused Symposia, a session on oxide-based chemical and biological sensors will review the state-of-the-art in chemical and biochemical detection technologies using ceramic oxides. In another session, engineers and scientists will present and discuss the latest advances for the fabrication and characterization of thin and thick films of functionally active dielectric and piezoelectric oxides. Other papers will highlight recent results in high strain piezoelectric materials, devices and applications, while still others will discuss the scientific and technological development of new and improved materials, characterization of microstructure, understanding of material properties, novel fabrication methods and enabling function integration relevant to ceramic microwave dielectrics.
The session on ceramic armor and armor systems will likely attract a large crowd, as will the session on characterization for process control in 21st century ceramic manufacturing. Other focused symposia will cover colloidal ceramic processing, optoelectronic materials and technology for the information age, joining of ceramic materials, indentation techniques in ceramic materials characterization, and the growth and globalization of forums for ceramic information exchange.
Papers in the General Symposia will focus on recent scientific and technological developments in multilayer electronics; ceramic matrix composites; innovative processing and synthesis of ceramics, glasses and composites; surfaces and interfaces; microstructure evolution and control; and defects, transport and related phenomena. Other sessions will cover science and technology in addressing environmental issues in the ceramic industry; ceramic science and technology for the nuclear industry; and how to choose, characterize and design with ceramics.
Several ACerS divisions will also offer their own programming during the show. The Art Division will focus on design, art history and decorating techniques, as well as firing, glazing and health and safety issues. The program will include an Artists Workshop on Sunday, April 27; a half-day technical program; and a tour to the Appalachian Center for Arts and Crafts on Monday, April 28.
The Basic Science Division program will include papers on the fundamental science of materials interactions, processing, characterization and properties that fall outside of the scope of the ACerS topical symposia. The Engineering Ceramics Division will present a session focusing on processing, mechanical behavior, structure, and simulation of ceramics and composites and their industrial applications as structural engineering materials. The Whitewares and Materials Division program will cover glazes and processing, and the Cements Division and Glass and Optical Materials Division will also host sessions during the meeting.
Exposition Hours:Sunday, April 27: 6-8 p.m.
Monday, April 28: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
(Poster Session, 4-6 p.m.)
Tuesday, April 29: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
(Poster Session, 1-3 p.m.)