TMS 2016 Course Offerings
12th Annual Lead-Free Solders and Interconnect Technology Workshop
Additive Manufacturing Materials and Processes Workshop
Avizo 3D Analysis Software for Materials Science*
Characterization of Dielectric Materials for Microwave Processing
Effects and Control of Impurities Along the Aluminum Value Chain
Energy Management in the Materials Industry
Explore CES Software Tools for Materials Related Critical Decision-Making in Industry, Research, and Education*
Managing Technical and Financial Risk in a New Technology Project Environment
Multiphysics Materials Simulations Using the Open Source MOOSE Framework
NSF Grant Proposal Writing Workshop
Practical Methods for "In-Plant" Testing of Carbon Anodes Used in Aluminum Smelting

This course has been cancelled for TMS2016.
TitleCharacterization of Dielectric Materials for Microwave Processing
WhenSunday, February 14, 2016, 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (CST)
WhereMusic City Center
SponsorshipTMS Extraction & Processing Division (EPD) and Materials Characterization Committee
PresenterZhiwei Peng, Central South University
Workshop LengthHalf-day, afternoon
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"Instructors provided excellent explanation of framework for phase field and finite elements. Very empowering course."
—TMS2015 Course Attendee
The increasing applications of microwave heating in materials processing requires the maximization of microwave absorption in materials during the heating process, which can only be achieved based on a precise characterization of associated physical properties (permittivity and/or permeability) of the irradiated targets, often dielectric materials. This course is aimed at introducing fundamentals of characterization of dielectric materials for microwave processing, with an emphasis on various techniques for characterizing the dielectric materials by measuring their permittivity (for nonmagnetic dielectrics) and permeability (for magnetodielectrics). The necessity and importance of establishing a complete database of dielectric properties of materials for microwave processing are also highlighted.
Research scientists and engineers working in the area of microwave processing of materials, graduate students in physical and chemical sciences, and electronic engineering.

Attendees will learn about the underlying mechanism of microwave processing; recognize the unmet need for characterization of dielectric materials; and be able to select appropriate permittivity and permeability measurements techniques for different dielectric materials.
  1. Fundamentals of microwave heating
  2. Microwave processing of materials
  3. Microwave absorption capabilities
  4. Microwave permittivity and permeability
  5. Permittivity and permeability measurements techniques
  6. Database for microwave dielectric materials
  7. Summary
Zhiwei Peng is an associate professor in the School of Minerals Processing and Bioengineering at Central South University and an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Michigan Technological University. He received his B.E. and M.S. from Central South University in 2005 and 2008, respectively, and his Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from Michigan Technological University in 2012. His research interests include heat transfer in microwave heating, dielectric characterization of materials, non-thermal microwave effects, extractive metallurgy, computational electromagnetics, and microwave absorbing materials. He has published over 50 papers, including 32 peer-reviewed articles in multiple journals such as Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A, JOM, and many more. Peng is an active and passionate member of TMS. He co-organized four TMS symposia and co-chaired ten sessions since 2012. He is a member of the Pyrometallurgy and Materials Characterization Committees, a JOM advisor for the Pyrometallurgy Committee, a continuing education representative for the Materials Characterization Committee, and a recipient of the TMS 2014 Extraction & Processing Division Young Leaders Professional Development Award.
Register for this professional development event through the TMS 2016 Annual Meeting & Exhibition Registration Form. Please note that registration for the full TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition is not required to attend a Professional Development event.
Registration Fees:
Before January 8, 2016
After January 8, 2016
* Must be a full-time student at an accredited university to register at the student rate. Copy of valid student school identification card must accompany registration form.

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