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TMS 2012: Technical Program: Advanced Characterization
March 11-15, 2012 • Orlando, FL

The TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition has increasingly become the programming venue of choice for topics that address characterization and modeling from both the computational and experimental perspectives.


Atomistic Effects in Migrating Interphase Interfaces - Recent Progress and Future Study
Atomistic motion of migrating interfaces is one of the most fundamental issues for understanding mechanisms of phase transformations. Recent progress in experimental and theoretical studies on interfacial structure and chemistry is significant particularly because of application of advanced analytical techniques as well as computational materials science. In this symposium, progress in theoretical treatments; such as development of improved models and experimental study on kinetics, structure and chemistry are introduced. [Learn more]

CFD Modeling and Simulation in Materials Processing
The symposium focuses on the CFD modeling and simulation of metal processes including EMS (electromagnetic stirring) and UST (ultrasonic treatment) controlled melting and solidification processes, advanced casting (including refining of metals, foundry near-net-shape casting, ingot casting, centrifugal casting, continuous casting), forging, welding, heat treating, and VAR/ESR/PAM/EBM remelting processes; coatings including PVD, CVD, and plasma-assisted EBM-PVD technologies; and other surface engineering processes including induction, laser, and EB thermal processing. [Learn more]

Characterization of Minerals, Metals and Materials
The symposium focuses on the characterization of the minerals, metals and materials and its applications to the processing of them. Subjects include, but are not limited to, extraction & processing of minerals and metals, ferrous, non-ferrous and precious metals, alloys, composites, ceramics, refractories, polymers, wastes, environmentals, and newly developed advanced materials. [Learn more]

Computational Thermodynamics and Kinetics
This symposium will evaluate the progress in computational thermodynamics and kinetics of microstructural evolution since 2000, identify research opportunities, and chart future developments. Eight oral sessions and a poster session are anticipated with a number of invited speakers for each session. Among them, two special sessions on microstructure simulations will be held in honor of Dr. Long-Qing Chen, the recipient of the EMPMD Outstanding Scientist award for 2011. [Learn more]

Emeritus Professor George D.W. Smith Honorary Symposium
This 2-day symposium will include invited and contributed presentations, and will focus on the development of atom probe field ion microscopy and atom probe tomography. The application of atom probe tomography to areas of materials science, including phase transformations in steels, nickel based superalloys, aluminum alloys, titanium aluminides, semiconductors, catalysts, and solid state reactions, will also be included. [Learn more]

Fatigue and Corrosion Damage in Metallic Materials: Fundamentals, Modeling and Prevention
This symposium features new discoveries and advances in the fields of materials fatigue, corrosion and life prediction. It brings together research scientists and design engineers from all over the world to present their latest work on current issues in investigation and simulation of fatigue and corrosion damage, identification of fatigue weak links, enhancement of fatigue strength and corrosion resistance, quantitative relationship between microstructure and fatigue/corrosion properties, and life prediction. [Learn more]

Frontiers in Process Modeling
This symposium will give emphasis to studies where multiple techniques and/or computational materials science tools have been coupled for the study of phase transformations at the atomic scale. The complementary nature of these experimental techniques, as well as the combination of experimental techniques with modeling and simulation, can provide powerful synergies for these investigations. [Learn more]

Integrating and Leveraging Collaborative Efforts for ICME Education
Talks in the session will address methods, tools and resources, as well as curricular design to build compelling and collaborative educational environments to help students learn about ICME, acquire new computational training and skills, as well as prepare to enter the next generation workforce. [Learn more]

Integrative Materials Design: Performance and Sustainability
This symposium is expected to gather in each session speakers from all transportation and related industries, academia, and national laboratories, addressing topics of common interests from complementary perspectives and for various applications. [Learn more]

Materials Design Approaches and Experiences III
This symposium is a continuation of two previous symposia on the same subject held at TMS annual meetings in 2001 (Indianapolis) and 2006 (San Antonio). In this regard, it serves as a periodic review of the state-of-the-art development on the subject. Like its predecessors, the symposium will bring together materials scientists and engineers who have developed successful alloys (that have found real applications) with those who are developing new materials design methodologies/tools. [Learn more]

Mechanical Behavior at Nanoscale
This symposium solicits submissions from both the experimental and modeling communities whose research addresses nanoscale microstructure and geometric size, and how they control mechanical properties and deformation behavior. New experimental approaches of interest include in situ experiments, where the evolution of microstructural characteristics may be monitored during mechanical loading, and traditional mechanical testing methods used in conjunction with nanoscale sample geometries or microstructures. Modeling efforts of interest include ab initio calculations of strength, atomistic simulations of deformation mechanisms, dislocation dynamics simulations of finite volumes, and modeling of nanoscale deformation behavior. Investigations coupling experiments and modeling are especially encouraged and the organizers will endeavour to bridge modeling and experimental submissions within single sessions. [Learn more]

Mechanical Behavior Related to Interface Physics
The goal of this symposium is to accelerate the development and acceptance of new concepts and methodologies in understanding interface physics in monophase and multiphase materials and characterizing and fabricating materials with tailored interfaces. [Learn more]

Minerals, Metals & Materials Under Pressure
This symposium will focus on new developments in our understanding of the effect of pressure on material properties. We seek speakers doing experimental and theoretical work, from materials science, physics and geoscience. The goal is to cover basic research topics in an interdisciplinary approach which connects theory and experiment, with a view towards materials applications. There are four sessions planned covering different topics. [Learn more]

Neutron and X-Ray Studies of Advanced Materials V Centennial
The aim of this symposium is to provide a forum for discussion of using state-of-the-art neutron and X-ray scattering techniques for probing advanced materials. These techniques have been widely used to characterize materials structures across all length scales, from atomic to nano, meso, and macroscopic scales. With the development of sample environments, in-situ experiments, e.g., at temperatures and applied mechanical load, are becoming routine. [Learn more]

Solid-State Interfaces II: Toward an Atomistic-Scale Understanding of Structure, Properties, and Behavior through Theory and Experiment
This symposium, which is the second in a series of symposia held every two years, will address advances in understanding the detailed atomic level structure and composition of interfaces and their connection to behaviors. Both modeling and experimental studies are solicited with a particular emphasis on investigation of the atomic-scale constitution of interfaces and/or incorporate knowledge of atomic-level structure and properties of interfaces into mechanistically-informed design of materials. [Learn more]

Stochastic Methods in Materials Research
This symposium will focus on new developments in stochastic-based methods for data-mining, system analysis, optimization, etc., for materials research. We seek speakers from materials science, computer science, physics and chemistry that develop or apply novel stochastic computational methods for materials problems. The goal is to cover basic research topics in an interdisciplinary approach which connects theory and experiment, with a view towards connecting methods with materials applications. [Learn more]

Ultrasonic Fatigue of Advanced Materials and Systems
This session should inform about newest developments and innovations in the field of the ultrasonic fatigue. This concerns progress of ultrasonic testing facilities as well as improvements in understanding the mechanisms of ultrasonic fatigue for different groups of engineering materials by using new techniques and / or computational modelling methods. [Learn more]


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  • Symposium in Memory of Patrick Veyssi√®re: Understanding the Mechanisms Controlling Plastic Flow [MORE]
  • Emeritus Professor George D.W. Smith Honorary Symposium [MORE]

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