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George D. Quinn (Assoc)

Research Associate

Research Interests

Mechanical testing. Reliability analysis. Fractography. Standard test methods.







Figure 1(left): Guide to Practice for Fractography; Figure 2 (center): Single crystal silicon theta strength test specimen; Figure 3 (right): Broken glass rod showing classic fractographic markings.

Awards and Honors

  • Educator of the Year Award, American Ceramic Society, 2020
  • Global Ambassador Award, American Ceramic Society, 2020
  • McMahon Award, Alfred University, 2016
  • ASTM Committee C-28 "Advanced Ceramic" Award, 2007
  • Fellow, American Ceramic Society, 2001
  • U. S. Department of Commerce Bronze Medal, 2000
  • ASTM Certificates of Appreciation, (5), 1997-1999
  • Fellow, American Society of Testing and Materials, 1994
  • American Society of Testing and Materials Award of Merit, 1994
  • William J. Alcott Award (Best overall student in Northeastern University), 1973

Standards Outputs:

Twenty-two formal documentary standards including 15 ASTM standards, 3 Military standards, and 4 ISO standards.  Three NIST Standard Reference Materials for Knoop hardness, Vickers hardness, and fracture toughness, KIc.    Examples are:

ASTM C 1683 (2008) "Standard Practice for Size Scaling of Tensile Strengths Using Weibull Statistics for Advanced Ceramics."   This standard is the world's first standard to recommend procedures for scaling the strengths of ceramic test pieces from one configuration to another using Weibull statistics. 

ASTM C 1684 (2008) "Standard Test Method for Flexural Strength of Advanced Ceramics at Ambient Temperature – Cylindrical Rod Strength."     This standard is the world's first standard test method for cylindrical rod shaped ceramic test pieces.

SRMs 2100, 2100A, and 2100B.  These three SRM's were the first in the world for the property fracture toughness, KIc, for any class material.  This property is a fundamental measure of the brittleness of a material. They support ASTM C 1421 Standard Test Method for Fracture Toughness of Advanced Ceramics as well as several ISO standards.



How Standards Help Bring New Materials to the Market

Stephen W. Freiman, George D. Quinn
This paper attempts to describe the importance of standards in helping to bring new materials to the market place. Using ceramic materials as an example, the
Created March 6, 2019, Updated December 8, 2022