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TMS 2012: Technical Program: Light Metals: Aluminum, Magnesium, and Titanium
March 11-15, 2012 • Orlando, FL

The TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition historically has been the home for the light metals community, with a tradition of expansive programming on aluminum & magnesium processing and production.


Aluminum Alloys: Fabrication, Characterization and Applications
This symposium covers all aspects of the physical and mechanical metallurgy of aluminum alloys. It addresses fundamental and applied research as well as product development, testing and implementation of aluminum foil, sheet, plate, extrusions, forgings, and composites for end applications including transportation (automotive, aerospace and marine), packaging and other key product segments.
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Alumina & Bauxite
The Alumina and Bauxite Symposium, along with Cast Shop Technology, Aluminum Reduction Technology, and Electrode Technology collectively form the Light Metals Symposium, where experts from the Light Metals Industry and academia from all over the world meet each other and share information. You are invited to submit papers in the following subject areas: Bauxite Mining and Operation, Chemical/Physical Characterization and Analytical Methods, Mining and Operating Strategies, Sustainability and Environmental issues, Bauxite Ore Characterization and Handling.
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Aluminum Industry Technology 2020, A Look Ahead
This plenary session will look at the present and introduce us to the future technological advances expected at the end of the decade. It will also address those strategies that will lead us to a sustainable development of the technological changes of the future. Presentations include: Acceleration of Cell Technology through Breaking Barriers; A Closer Look at Innovation by High-Tech Sensor Technology and Energy Recovery Solutions; Alumina Technology – Present and Future; Driving Business Technology to Remain Competitive in the Aluminum Business; A Sustainable Production of Primary Aluminum; Can the Global Aluminum Industry Achieve Carbon Neutrality?; The Aluminum Story – The Positive Contribution of the Aluminium Industry and its Products to Sustainable Development.
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Aluminum Processing
Authors are invited to submit papers including (but not limited to) the areas of machine design, process control, production scheduling, measurement technology, microstructure evolution and characterization, process modeling, material modeling, tribology, heat transfer, surface generation, defect measurement and control.
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Aluminum Reduction Technology
Papers are invited on the following subject areas: Aluminum Reduction Technology; cell start-up and early operation; cell modernization and productivity increase; process control; modeling of cell design; environmental aspects; fundamentals; bath chemistry; power modulation; power supply improvements; inert anode operation; emerging reduction processes; safety issues in reduction lines; aluminum trend and market demand; energy saving initiatives in reduction process; changes/initiatives in reduction operation to cope with the financial crisis.
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Cast Shop for Aluminum Production
This symposium will cover the following areas: charge materials, pre-furnace treatment, melting, fluxing, filtration, cast processes, automation, process modeling and control, environmental issues, grain refinement, cast structure, and safety. Papers on carry-over impact and prevention, metal loss, metal purity capture, sodium and other impurities, and equipment and logistics enhancement, will also be featured.
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Deformation, Damage, and Fracture of Light Metals and Alloys
The Symposium topics will include, but are not limited to the following: (1) deformation/damage/fracture mechanisms in light metals and alloys subjected to various loading conditions, (2) deformation and damage/crack growth in the presence of multiple damage mechanisms such as corrosion, creep and fretting, (3) alloy development, structural characterization, mechanical properties, and in-situ characterizations utilizing state-of-the-art techniques (such as neutron and synchrotron scattering), (4)multi-scale modeling and multi-physics approaches of deformation, damage, and fracture.
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Electrode Technology for Aluminium Production
Formerly the Carbon Technology Symposium, this seminar is a component of the Light Metals Symposium and will focus on carbon anode raw materials and properties; paste plant design and operation; baking furnace design and operation; rodding room design and operation; anode quality and performance; solutions for carbon plant environmental issues and safety; cathode and cathode materials; cell preheating and startup (as related to pot life); spent potlining; inert electrode fabrication and materials science.
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Magnesium Technology 2012
This symposium is one of the largest yearly gatherings of magnesium specialists in the world. Papers are presented on all aspects of magnesium technology, ranging from primary production to applications and recycling, as well as from basic research to industrialization.
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Phase Transformations and Deformation in Magnesium Alloys
The aims of this symposium are to examine current understanding on phase transformations and roles of phase transformation products in controlling the deformation behaviour of commercially and strategically important magnesium alloys and to provide a platform for rational design of microstructures for better mechanical properties and formability.
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Titanium: Advances in Processing, Characterization and Properties
Papers focused on the link between processing, microstructure and properties as they relate to titanium and its alloys are sought. Of particular interest are papers connecting two or more of these focus areas either experimentally or through the use of modeling and simulation. Specifically, characterization and modeling efforts to quantify and predict heterogeneous strain distribution throughout the microstructure during both processing and service loading of titanium alloys are within the scope of this symposium. Papers related to thermomechanical processing and process modeling of both primary and secondary forming operations and characterization of the resulting microstructures at laboratory and component scales are desired. Efforts to integrate experimental techniques with characterization tools to probe local deformation behavior and damage accumulation mechanisms are also of interest.
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