International Conference on Advances in Metallurgy of Long and Forged Products
The AIST International Conference on Advances in Metallurgy of Long and Forged Products was held in Vail, Colo., USA, on 12–15 July 2015. With long and forged products being used in many critical applications, including transportation, energy and heavy equipment, the symposium was conducted to bring together international researchers from industry and academia to present on topics related to advances in the physical, mechanical, and product metallurgy of bars, tubes and forgings. It was organized through the combined efforts of TimkenSteel Corp. and the Advanced Steel Processing and Products Research Center at the Colorado School of Mines. A total of 96 researchers, suppliers, academics and end users of steel products came together for this conference. More than 40% of the attendees were directly employed by a steel manufacturing company, 23% were from universities and national research laboratories, 23% were direct suppliers to the industry, and 10% of the attendees represented end-user companies such as John Deere, Chevron and AAM. International representation came from the U.S., Japan, Germany, Korea, France, Mexico and Spain, among others.
There were 42 technical presentations, and the conference was highlighted by three keynote lectures. Frank Hippenstiel of BGH Edelstahl Siegen GmbH delivered a presentation titled “Practical Experience to Control Grain Size of Special Alloyed Steels by Microalloying.” Hyunsoo Park of Hyundai Steel presented “Strategies for the Application of Bar Steel Products for the Future Automotive Industry.” Juan Carlos Gonzalez Sanchez of Tenaris Technologies Sarl presented “How Steel Tube Industry Faces Demanding Requirements From Oil and Gas.” The other technical presentations covered similar themes and also covered forged products, surface hardening, and heat treatment technology, including induction heating, thermomechanical processing, innovation in steel producing processes, and alloying and processing interactions for microstructure and property development.
A special note of appreciation goes to the organizing committee and the scientific advisory committee for their efforts in organizing and reviewing the technical content of the program.
Kip O. Findley and John G. Speer of Colorado School of Mines; and Patrick Anderson and Craig Darragh (retired) of TimkenSteel Corp.
Scientific Advisory Committee:
Mike Shaw, Chrysler Group LLC; Thomas Sourmail, Asco Industries; Pedro Rivera, University of Cambridge; Tadashi Fu-ruhara, Tohoku University; José Rodríguez-Ibabe, CEIT; John Paules, Ellwood Group Inc.; Bob Glodowski, EVRAZ East Metals; Marcos Stuart, CBMM; Kirk Baker, Chevron Corp.; Matt Green, Tata Steel; Afonso Reguly, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul; Valery Rudnev, Inductoheat Inc.; Robert Gaster, John Deere; Robert Cryderman, Colorado School of Mines; and Roberto Elvira, Gerdau