Special Interest Seminars at POWDERMET2015, the International Conference on Powder Metallurgy & Particulate Materials, May 17-20, San Diego, USA, will focus on three topics of particular interest to the PM community. Papers presented at these seminars are generally by invitation and in many cases feature the cutting-edge in PM related R&D.
Special Interest Program 1: Light Metals
It is widely recognised that the trend towards weight reduction in ground vehicles and aerospace components is an effective means of improving fuel efficiency and reducing dependence on fossil fuels. Alloys of titanium, aluminium and magnesium are widely used to achieve weight reduction of components.
Powder Metallurgy processing offers the unique capability to develop new material systems with significantly improved structural properties and performance. This special interest program will focus on lightweight Powder Metallurgy components.
Presentations will include overviews from the aerospace, energy conservation and powder production perspectives. Further overviews on the state-of-the-art of titanium, aluminium and magnesium powder metallurgy will be presented. The program is divided into the following three parts.
- End User Perspective & Powder Production
- Aluminium Alloys
- Magnesium & Titanium Alloys
Special Interest Program 2: Welding & Joining
As demands for more complex design requirements increase, welding and joining techniques provide expanded opportunities for Powder Metallurgy components. The joining of similar materials allows for PM components to provide a cost effective design alternative to complex machining processes while joining of dissimilar materials allows PM to take advantage of specific materials properties unique to the design application. PM presents unique challenges in the techniques used in these joining processes that must be understood from a more traditional materials approach.
This program will discuss aspects of welding and joining processes and to the application base of PM components. Sessions will provide information on various joining process and their advantages to the overall component design. Technical developments in current joining processes will be highlighted as they apply to recent applications within PM.
Special Interest Program 3: Dimensional Variation Reduction
This program will review and focus on methods to improve and control dimensional variation reduction of PM components. It will examine the effect of alloy and powder selection on dimensional stability, as well as the current technologies used to improve the tolerances of sintered components. Much of the improvement in dimensional stability comes with reducing the need for secondary operations through variation in PM specific processes through sintering. The programme is presented in two parts:
- Dimensional Variation Reduction I
- Dimensional Variation Reduction Ii
For more information on the Special Interest Programs at POWDERMET2015 visit the event website
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