2004 TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition: Short Courses—Metal Matrix Composites

March 14–18 · 2004 TMS ANNUAL MEETING · Charlotte, North Carolina



Warren H. HuntWarren H. Hunt, Jr. is president of the Aluminum Consultants Group and adjunct associate professor at Case Western Reserve University. Previously, Hunt worked at the Alcoa Technical Center, first in various engineering positions and then as core competency leader in materials design. Hunt earned a materials science and engineering degree from Vanderbilt University, an M.S. in metallurgical engineering and materials science from Carnegie Mellon University, and a Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. Hunt recently served as chair of the TMS Structural Materials Division and has served as chair of the ASM/TMS Composite Materials Committee. He currently serves as the Director of Public & Governmental Affairs for TMS. He is a member of ASTM, Society of Automotive Engineers, American Powder Metallurgy Institute, Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering, North American Die Casting Association, and International Microelectronics and Packaging.


Sunday, March 14, 2004• 8:30am-5:00pm

Presented by:
Dr. Warren Hunt, Aluminum Consultants Group

Members $475, Non-members $560

Sponsored by:
TMS Structural Materials Division

Who Should Attend:
This one-day course is intended for engineers, scientists, designers, managers, and technical marketing personnel who are involved in the development, production, and application of metal matrix composite materials. This short course is highly recommended not only for those seeking a first introduction to MMCs but also those with prior but perhaps dated or limited experience.

Course Overview:
Metal matrix composites have been under development for nearly four decades and are now seeing commercial application in a range of applications in the automotive, aerospace and defense, electronics, and consumer and industrial products markets. This course provides both broad background as well as in-depth coverage of metal matrix composite technology. An introduction on MMCs is presented, with a focus on the types of MMCs, characteristics of constituent materials utilized, nomenclature, and comparison to competing materials. This is followed by an extensive review of the processing methods for MMCs. Included are the primary processing routes including liquid metal mixing, liquid metal infiltration, and solid state processes, along with downstream manufacturing processes such as extrusion, forging, joining, and machining. Both current and emerging processing methods will be covered. With an understanding of the constituent materials and processing methods for MMCs, their properties can be discussed and understood. Mechanical and physical properties for both continuous fiber and discontinuously reinforced materials are reviewed, including properties for commercially available MMC products. The course will conclude with a review of past, present, and future applications of MMCs that utilize the wide range of properties possible with these materials. While the course will have a primary emphasis on aluminum-based MMCs, materials with other metal matrices will be discussed as well.

Other Short Courses:
Below is a list of the other short courses that are scheduled for the 2004 TMS Annual Meeting and Exhibition:



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