TMS2019 All-Conference Plenary

The drive for more fuel-efficient, longer range and more durable aircraft engines has fueled remarkable progress in materials capability since the beginning of human flight. The TMS 2019 Annual Meeting & Exhibition all-conference plenary session will explore a new phase of materials innovation inspired by both manufacturing and digital technology advances.

Featured Speaker:

Luana E. Iorio
General Manager, Engineering Material Systems
GE Aviation

"The Next Materials Frontier for Flight"

Date: Monday, March 11, 2019
Time: Noon to 1 p.m.
Location: Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, Lila Cockrell Theater

While Integrated Computational Materials Engineering tools are essential for developing more capable material systems, increasingly an expanded set of digital tools is playing a critical role in scaling and industrializing materials. Iorio will discuss how these digital tools offer a new opportunity to escape from the so-called Valley of Death of intermediate technology readiness levels by providing insights into key process variables that affect product quality and performance. These same digital capabilities allow for the rapid development of new material systems, tailored to take advantage of the wide-range of processing conditions that can be achieved via additive manufacturing. In addition, analytics, artificial intelligence and machine learning tools help to rapidly screen options and optimize the many degrees of freedom available in an additive process.

Advances in materials capability will continue to shape the future of flight in the years to come, and this talk will provide highlights of these new advances at GE, including the introduction of silicon carbide – silicon carbide ceramic-matrix composites (CMC) and the scaling of additive manufacturing (AM) across the engine cross section.

About the Presenter:

Luana Iorio is General Manager, Engineering Material Systems, GE Aviation, where her team has responsibility for the entire life cycle of the materials used in the 60,000+ GE turbine engines that power both commercial and military aircraft. In fulfilling this role, her team develops novel material systems and processing techniques, spanning a range of materials including superalloys, ceramic and polymer matrix composites and coatings; provides application engineering and material behavior assessments; and develops and applies component life management methods.

Iorio started her career as a materials scientist at GE Global Research in Niskayuna, New York, and had the opportunity to work on a wide range of materials systems and processes. Prior to assuming her current role, she was the Materials Leader for the then newly-created GE Additive business.

Iorio received a B.Sc in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Materials Science and Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.

Get Up Close with the Technology

Make sure to stop by and browse the display of GE Additive technologies related to Iorio’s talk, including several additively produced components and an aircraft engine.

You can explore additional industry innovations inside the Exhibit Hall during TMS2019 Exhibition hours.