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TMS 2011: Technical Program: Materials and Society: Energy and Sustainable Production
February 27 - March 3, 2011 • San Diego, California

Programming in this area continues to expand with a strong emphasis will be on energy, including symposia addressing alternative and renewable energy technologies, sustainable production and recycling, and efficient energy utilization forming the core.


Battery Recycling
The symposium will provide an international forum to cover all aspects of battery recycling from legislation, collection, safety issues and transportation regulations to current recycling technologies and processes. [Learn more]

Carbon Dioxide and Other Greenhouse Gas Reduction Metallurgy – 2011
This symposium will pave way into addressing how to minimize the rate of global warming and improving fuel self sufficiency in a cost effective manner by utilizing all available energy sources including solar and stored energy in the form of wastes. [Learn more] [View PDF]

Challenges in Mechanical Performances of Materials in Next Generation Nuclear Power Plants
This symposium will examine mechanical service conditions of in-core materials and potential materials for applications, oxide-dispersion strengthened materials; potentials and challenges; materials for out-of-core applications and challenges in their mechanical performances; the effect of corrosion and radiolysis on mechanical properties of materials for both in-core and out-of-core applications; and research programs to complete the available database for candidate materials.  [Learn more]

Furnace Efficiency – Energy and Throughput
This symposium will cover technology, materials, and processes to improve energy efficiency and throughput with melt, hold, and heat treat furnaces. Since throughput and energy efficiency are very closely tied together, this symposium looks to optimize furnace operations in both areas. [Learn more] [View PDF]

Hydrogen Storage in Materials: Theory and Experiment
This symposium will cover experimental and theoretical topics related to the storage of hydrogen in solid state materials over technologically relevant temperature ranges. [Learn more]

Intelligent Materials and Structural Health Monitoring
The accident of BP rig could easily be avoided, had there been usage of structural health monitoring (SHM). The increased interest in SHM and its associated potential for significant safety and economic benefits has motivated the need for this symposium. The technique to identify a damage before it causes catastrophic failure for aerospace, civil and mechanical engineering infrastructure is referred to as structural health monitoring (SHM). A wide variety of highly effective local non-destructive evaluation tools are available for such monitoring. However, the majority of SHM research conducted over the last 30 years has attempted to identify damage in structures on a more global basis. The past decade have seen a rapid increase in the amount of research related to SHM as improvement in electronics, software as well as usage of insufficiently understood composite materials. [Learn more]

Magnetic Materials for Energy Applications
This symposium will focus on the optimization of magnetic properties for energy applications, covering soft and hard magnetic materials, magnetic materials for high temperature applications and magnetocaloric materials. The synthesis, processing, characterization and property evaluation of the materials placing an emphasis on microstructure-property relationships will be discussed. [Learn more]

Materials for the Nuclear Renaissance II
Several nations are working on the concept covered by the Global Nuclear Energy Partnership (GNEP) to develop and deploy advanced nuclear recycling and reactor technologies. This symposium will examine these new technologies, which allow a dramatic expansion of safe, clean nuclear energy to help meet the growing global energy demand. [Learn more]

Materials in Clean Power Systems VI: Clean Coal-, Hydrogen Based-Technologies, and Fuel Cells
The goal of this symposium is to provide a forum for scientists and engineers from academia, national laboratories, and industries to present the latest developments and insight on materials being considered or used in clean power generation and to additionally educate students and researchers interested in the nationally and globally important areas of fuel cells, hydrogen-, and clean carbon-based technologies. [Learn more]

Pb-Free Solders and Other Materials for Emerging Interconnect and Packaging Technologies
This symposium will address current research on microstructure-design, processing and properties of new and existing materials for emerging interconnect and packaging technologies, within the context of device/package performance and reliability. [Learn more]

Properties, Processing, and Performance of Steels and Ni-Based Alloys for Advanced Steam
This symposium addresses one of the most daunting, yet exciting challenges currently confronting alloy science and engineering: the development and production of high performance, cost-effective alloys for combustion-based systems designed to produce electricity at unprecedented high energy conversion efficiencies through use of steam at very high temperatures (≥ 700°C) and pressures (≤350 bar), and commonly referred to as ultrasupercritical or advance ultrasupercritical conditions. [Learn more]

Recycling General Session
The scope has not yet been outlined for this symposium.

The Second Symposium on the Recycling of Electronic Wastes
Waste Electric and Electronic Equipment (WEEE), or Electronic Wastes (E-Wastes), has been getting the attention of both the government and society at large due to its hazardous materials content and subsequent effects on the environment. Four sessions are planned for this symposium, along with one special session on the recycling of batteries. [Learn more]

Silicon Production, Purification and Recycling for Photovoltaic Cells
A two-session symposium will support the growing need for renewable clean energy, to enable research and present the latest developments on the production, refining & purification and recycling of silicon, and other materials used to produce photovoltaic solar cells and modules. [Learn more] [View PDF]

Waste Heat Recovery
This symposium will investigate the uses of waste heat from thermal processing and can include preheating metals, regenerative systems, recuperators, heat exchangers, low grade heat, reuse of energy in lower temperature processes, and CHP systems. [Learn more] [View PDF]


Information on related short courses, networking events and other opportunities will be available soon. Please continue to check this site for updates.

  • Lead-Free Solder Technology 2011 [MORE INFO}
    Date and Time; Sunday, February 27, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Materials and Society: Linking Science and Technology for Global Energy Solutions: Plenary Session [MORE INFO]
    Date and Time; Monday, February 28, 8:30 a.m. to noon
    This event features multiple speakers and topics.


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View Aluminum Plenary Session presentations recorded at TMS 2011 in San Diego, California.













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