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2000 TMS Annual Meeting: Short Course Description

March 1216 · 2000 TMS ANNUAL MEETING · Nashville, Tennessee

Georges J. Kipouros is a professor and Head of the Department of Mining and Metallurgical Engineering at DalTech-Dalhousie University (formerly Technical University of Nova Scotia). He obtained his Dipl. Eng. from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece and the MASc and the Ph.D. in chemical/process metallurgical engineering from the University of Toronto. After three years as a Post-doctoral Research Associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), he joined the Physical Chemistry Department of the General Motors Research Laboratories in Warren, Michigan as a Senior Research Scientist, where he worked in the development of processes for the production of neodymium-iron alloys and magnesium metal. The author of over 60 scientific papers, books, and proprietary research reports is currently the Vice-Chair of the Dalhousie University Senate.
Donald R. Sadoway is John F. Elliott Professor of Materials Chemistry in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He obtained the B.A.Sc. in Engineering Science, the M.A.Sc. in Chemical Metallurgy, and the Ph.D. in Chemical Metallurgy, all from the University of Toronto. After a year of postdoctoral study at MIT as a NATO Fellow, Dr. Sadoway joined the faculty in 1978. The author of over 100 scientific papers and holder of 11 U.S. patents, his principal research interests are high-temperature physical chemistry, electrochemical processes in molten salts and cryogenic liquids, and rechargeable lithium solid polymer batteries. In 1995 he was named a MacVicar Faculty Fellow, MIT's highest award for excellence in undergraduate education, and in 1997 he won the Bose Award which is given to the outstanding teacher in MIT's School of Engineering.
C. Edward Eckert is President of Apogee Technology, Inc. and Quantum Environmental Dynamics, Inc. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and provides retained consulting services for several companies. Dr. Eckert performed his undergraduate work in Metallurgical Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh, and received his Ph.D. in Materials Engineering from Drexel University. Prior to his current positions, he managed the metal quality program at ALCOA, and was an engineering general supervisor at General Motors-Central Foundry Division. Dr. Eckert currently holds 122 US and international patents, has 39 technical publications, is Editor of the TMS book and CD-ROM, Light Metals 1999, and is a member of Sigma XI, Alpha Sigma Mu, TMS-AIME, The American Foundryman's Society (AFS), ASM International, ant he Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). He was the 1998-99 Chairman of the TMS/LMD Aluminum Committee, and continues to serve on a number of committees for these organizations.
During the week of March 12-16, 2000, the 129th Annual Meeting & Exhibition of The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) will be held in Nashville, Tennessee, at the Opryland Hotel and Convention Center.

Molten Salt Chemistry and Process Design: From Smelter to Foundry

Presented by: Georges J. Kipouros, Dalhousie University; Donald R. Sadoway, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; C. Edward Eckert, Apogee Technology

Who Should Attend: This course will be available as either a one or two day course. Anyone engaged in the processing of light metals or reactive metals will find this course useful. The course is aimed at practicing engineers and laboratory scientists who wish to acquire a rudimentary understanding of this unique by very important class of liquids. Instruction is systematic, self-contained, and presumes no prior specific knowledge of molten salts on the part of the participants. Participants can customize the course by raising questions during two lengthy open forum discussions which serve as clinics.

The course is structured so that those interested exclusively in molten salt electrolysis can finish in one day. For those interested in a broader range of applications, including extraction of reactive metals, casting, and purification of reactive metals, these topics and more of the relevant science are presented on the second day.

Course Overview: This course will be available as either a one or two day course. Details regarding both day one and day two are outlined below:

Day One Overview

The breadth of the use of molten salts in industry with specific examples e.g., a partial list of applications includes:

Properties of molten salts classified according to types of anion e.g., fluoride, chloride, etc. on a single Periodic Table dedicated to chlorides, for example, show melting points, boiling points, electrical conductivities, vapor pressures, etc. of the salts of each of the elements.

One component systems:

Binary and Multicomponent Systems:

Applications presented via illustrative case studies:



Day Two Overview
High-temperature physical chemistry or thermodynamics and kinetics of metallurgical reactions:

Thermochemical processes (metallothermic) for extraction of reactive metals: titanium, tantalum, neodymium, magnesium, calcium

Metal purification: aluminum case study


Sponsored by: TMS Light Metals Division

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