|Plenary speakers for the International Conference on Sintering (Sintering 2017), to be held in San Diego, California, USA, November 12-16, 2017, have been announced as Dr Didier Bouvard, Dr Martin Harmer and Professor Bernd Kieback. Organised by The American Ceramic Society, Sintering 2017 is the eighth in a series of international events first held in 1995. It follows previous conferences that have taken place in USA, France, Korea and Germany.
Dr Didier Bouvard lectures in mechanics, materials science and chemical engineering at the Université Grenoble Alpes in Grenoble, France. As plenary speaker, Bouvard will present his paper ‘Investigating the sintering of multilayer components with advanced experimental and modelling tools’.
Dr Martin Harmer, Alcoa Foundation Professor of Material Science and Engineering and Senior Faculty Advisor for Research Initiatives at Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA, will present his paper titled ‘Know your boundaries’, which looks at understanding the limitations of Powder Metallurgy processing.
Professor Bernd Kieback, of the Fraunhofer Society, Munich, Germany, will present the final plenary paper – ‘Contact Formation and Densification during Early Stages of Spark Plasma Sintering of Metal Powders’.
The conference will address the latest developments in the sintering and microstructural evolution processes for the fabrication of powder-based materials in terms of fundamental understanding, technological issues and industrial applications. Besides its traditional importance for the production of structural powder components, sintering technology is emerging as a leading and irreplaceable tool for a variety of modern applications. The conference will focus on the increasing ability to design complex and multifunctional materials with specific microstructures and properties.
Sintering 2017 has extended the deadline for paper submissions from the original submission deadline of March 20, 2017, to May 19. The organisers invite abstracts from researchers, industrial partners and students, on topics included but not limited to:
· The fundamental aspects of sintering
· Modelling and simulation of sintering at multiple scales
· Sintering of multi-material and multi-layer systems
· Microstructural evolution in sintering processes
· Novel sintering processes (field-assisted, laser, etc.)
· Sintering phenomena in Additive Manufacturing
· Stress-assisted sintering (e.g. hot- pressing, hot isostatic pressing, sinter- forging)
· Sintering of nano-structured materials
· Sintering of electronic materials
· Sintering in emerging energy and bio applications
· Chemical interactions during sintering
· In situ measurements and analysis of sintering