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TMS 2011: Networking Events: Lectures
February 27 - March 3, 2011 • San Diego, California

Enhance your conference experience by attending these lectures, related short courses, workshops, and tutorials. To sign up, purchase tickets in advance on the Registration Form. Tickets for selected events will also be available on-site at the registration desk.


Monday, February 28

  • Institute of Metals/Robert Franklin Mehl Lecture
    Topic: "The Ubiquitous Interfacial Free Energy in Phase Transformations"
    Speaker: David Seidman, Walter P. Murphy professor of materials science & engineering, Northwestern University, USA
    About the Topic: In this talk, the focus is on the diverse roles played by interfacial free energy in phase transformations in multi-component metallic alloys, which are studied experimentally by atom-probe tomography and transmission electron microscopy. The results of simulations employing lattice kinetic Monte Carlo, where the phase transformation is mediated by a vacancy mechanism, will be presented and compared in detail with experimental observations. First-principles calculations of interfacial energies in the same metallic alloys will be discussed in terms of their relevance to the aforementioned.

  • William Hume-Rothery Award Lecture
    Topic: "Thermodynamics and Diffusion Coupling in Alloys - Application Driven Science"
    Speaker: John Agren, professor, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
    About the Topic: As emphasized by Stokes (1997) the common assumption of a linear progression from basic research (science) via applied research, to technological innovations (engineering), should be questioned. The development of the Calphad method and the more recent development of accompanying kinetic approaches for diffusion serve as excellent examples and are the themes of this symposium. Some of the drivers are the development of new materials, processes, and life-time predictions. Many challenges of utmost practical importance require long-term fundamental research. This presentation will address some of them, as well as the effect of various ordering phenomena on activation barriers, the strength and practical importance of correlation effects, etc.

Tuesday, March 1

  • Extraction & Processing/Materials Processing & Manufacturing Joint Division Luncheon
    Topic: Advances in Sulfide Smelting—A Practical Overview
    Time: Noon to 2:15 p.m.
    Location: Room 6B, San Diego Convention Center
    Speaker: David George, principal advisor – Processing, Technology and Innovation, Rio Tinto, USA
    Over the past 40 years, environmental and cost pressures fostered technology advances that redefined the copper smelting industry. In the U.S., Japan and Europe, the small, primitive and polluting mine site-based smelters have nearly all been shut down. Clean, high capacity, and energy efficient smelting technology is now the standard for new smelters and this technology is rapidly being adopted in China. A review of the last 40 years of technology advances may give some hints about the opportunities for improvement in the coming decades.

  • Extraction & Processing Division Distinguished Lecture
    Topic: "The Removal of Arsenic, Selenium and Metals from Aqueous Solution by Iron Precipitation and Reduction Techniques"
    Speaker: Larry Twidwell, Professor Emeritus, Montana Tech of the University of Montana, USA
    About the Topic: The removal of arsenic, selenium, and metal species from hydrometallurgical solutions and waste water continues to be an important research topic. This presentation includes a discussion of the research conducted at Montana Tech of the University of Montana over the past 20 years along with current literature studies. The discussion will focus on removal of arsenic by co-precipitation with Fe(III) and Fe(II), co-precipitation with Fe(III) and Al(III), reduction using elemental iron; the removal of selenium by elemental iron and catalysed iron; and the removal of cadmium, copper, nickel, zinc by co-precipitation with Fe(III) and Al(III).

  • Energy Management Lunchtime Session
    Topic: Things Your Mother Didn’t Teach You
    This lunchtime workshop reviews the basics of implementing and/or improving energy management for industry, universities, laboratories, or for offices. [LEARN MORE]

  • Young Leaders Tutorial Luncheon Lecture
    Topic: "Integrative Materials-Process-Component Design: A Prospective View"
    Speaker: Diana Lados, assistant professor, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, USA
    About the Topic: The challenges in modern materials‐process‐component design revolve around the successful integration of several important and sometimes competing concepts such as high‐performance & reliability, societal impact, and economics. This generates a fertile future of opportunities for the clever materials engineer to develop a holistic approach based on a fundamental understanding in tandem with suitable and sustainable application‐driven design and manufacturing strategies. These ideas will be systematically reviewed and discussed in the context of needs and developments, and exciting materials research opportunities will be presented.

Wednesday, March 2

  • Light Metals Division Luncheon Lecture
    Topic: "The Intersection of Materials, Design and Manufacturing with Lightweight Materials"
    Speaker: Anil K. Sachdev, General Motors Global Research & Development Center, USA
    About the Topic; There is an increasing need for lightweight materials in automotive applications due to their large impact on fuel economy, emissions, and performance. This need also extends to other industries like aerospace and consumer electronics. Sachdev will describe opportunities for lightweight materials from a perspective that includes their properties, product design, and manufacturing, all aimed at driving the total sub-system cost to minimize cost penalty for their pervasive use. Sachdev will also discuss the many challenges that need to be addressed, including improved computational methods to develop higher performance materials including corrosion mitigation; robust materials processing that provides properties with narrow distributions; and manufacturing methods that can produce the designs optimized for minimum mass.

  • Vittorio de Nora Award Lecture
    Anne KvithyldTopic: "Recycling of Contaminated Aluminum Scrap"
    Speaker: Anne Kvithyld, SINTEF, Norway
    About the Topic: Recycling is important in the aluminum industry. Removal of contaminants such as the coat and organic materials—applied for protection and appearance—are the tail that wags the recycling dog. Successful removal of contaminants from scrap would ensure that more aluminum be recycled, minimize losses and prevent downgrading of the resource. Decoating in a closed system, efficient cleaning of the evolved gases and reuse of the energy are possible. Motivation for the removal of contaminants on aluminium scrap will be presented. A sum up of fundamental studies will be given. De-coating may be described as two distinct regimes: Scission and Combustion, regardless of metal substrate and coating. This is studied by methods: (i) mass and enthalpy change together with the off-gas composition recorded simultaneously and (ii) hot stage microscope to give a visual record of the surface. Essentially, a more fundamental understanding of the decoating process should enable the metallurgical industry to process post consumer aluminium scrap in a more efficient and sustainable manner.


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