Finding Clarity

The Science of Translucent Materials

Put your translucent materials knowledge to the test, helping you make informed decisions and selections for your next architectural and interior design project.

This course brings you into the lab to compare the characteristics of polymers and glass and their performance properties. Explore real-world applications and the challenges you are faced with in design like fire safety, weather-ability, energy efficiency, and durability.

'Finding Clarity' will aid in understanding the life cycle analysis and certification process of these materials and the impact they have on our environment and human well-being.

Learning Objectives

After completing this course, students will be able to:

1. Understand the evolution of high-performance translucent materials and how they play an important role in today’s world by looking at the use of durable resins and glass in the A&D and automotive industries.

2. Understand several material properties including abrasion resistance, flexural performance, chemical resistance, optical clarity, and surface texture, and how they compare across each translucent material type.

3. Understand performance characteristics including weight, formability, service temperature, UV exposure, flammability, expansion/contraction, tensile and impact strength, and how they play a role in selecting the best material for different applications.

4. Understand manufacturing transparency and material ingredient health through life-cycle analyses, public reporting, and certifications as a means to protect and restore our environment and improve human

Course Curriculum

  Welcome & Introduction
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  CEU Presentation
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When does the course start and finish?

This course is a self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.

How long do I have access to the course?

After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course until October 31, 2022 across any and all devices you own.

How do I receive credit once I complete the course?

This course is available for self reporting to AIA & IDCEC.

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