Course detail

Sintering of Ceramics Materials

FSI-9SKEAcad. year: 2020/2021

In the course, doctoral students are introduced to basics of sintering thermodynamics and kinetics, as well as to modern sintering methods, The factors influencing sintering process are addressed and discussed. Special attention is focused on control of microstructure during sintering, on sintering of nanoceramic materials, as well as on utilization of high-temperature dilatometry. The content of the course can be adapted to the topic of the future dissertation.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

The course acquires advanced knowledge of sintering theory and modern sintering methods currently used in engineering and scientific practice.


The basic knowledge of chemical thermodynamics and processing and properties of ceramic materials.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

KINGERY, W., BOWMEN, H.K., UHLMANN, D.R. Introduction to Ceramics. 2nd ed. John Wiley & sons inc. (1960), England. ISBN 0-471-47860-1. (EN)
KANG, S.J.L.: Sintering – Densification, Grain growth and Microstructure, Elseviever (2005), England. ISBN 07506 63855 (EN)
RAHAMAN, M. N.: Sintering of Ceramics, CRC press (2008), U.S.A. ISBN 978-0-8493-7286-5 (EN)
M. Trunec, K. Maca: Advanced Ceramic Processes, in Advanced Ceramics for Dentistry (Eds. J.Z. Shen, T. Kozmac), Elsevier, Amsterdam 2014 (EN)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course is taught through lectures explaining the basic principles and theory of the discipline. Lectures are complemented by practical demonstrations both at the Department of Ceramics and Polymers of the FSI and in the laboratories of the CEITEC BUT Advanced Ceramics Group.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Examining the level of knowledge and ability to apply the acquired knowledge in specific problems related to the doctoral thesis of the candidate.

Language of instruction

Czech, English

Work placements

Not applicable.


The aim of the course is to make the doctoral student familiar with sintering of advanced ceramic (or metal) powder materials and to show them how the final microstructure (and thus also properties) of products can be controlled by sintering process.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme D-MAT-P Doctoral, 1. year of study, winter semester, 0 credits, recommended

Type of course unit



20 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Basics of thermodynamics and kinetics.
2. Driving forces and mechanisms of sintering process.
3. Phases and models of sintering process.
4. Pressure-assisted sintering.
5. Electric current activated/assisted sintering.
6. The factors influencing sintering process.
7. Grain growth and microstructure control during sintering.
8. Sintering of nanoceramic materials.
9. Utilization of high-temperature dilatometry for sintering studies.
10. Excursion and practical exercise.