Light Metals for Harsh Environments


High-performance light-metal alloys and their composites are needed in many fields of application. In addition, in several industrial sectors like aviation, marine and offshore, the (petro-)chemical industries, power generation, medical engineering including surgery, implant technology and osteosynthesis, the three major light-weight materials aluminum, magnesium, titanium and their composites have to fulfill special requirements related to extreme conditions.

Such harsh environments can be attributed to high and low temperatures, extreme freezing in remote locations, icing and permafrost, high winds possibly in combination with abrasive sand particles e.g. in desert storms, seawater and other corrosive media like acids, de-icing fluids, human blood or enzymes just to name a few.

To deal with these challenges, it is crucial to carefully analyze these requirements, choosing the right materials with dedicated thermo-mechanical treatments and production processes, apply surface engineering, develops enhanced alloys and/or suitable coating, perform a risk assessment and establish reliable and resilient operational models to achieve safe working conditions.

Intended Audience

This symposium is addressed to researchers, developers and applicants of light-metal alloys dealing with harsh environments to present their leading-edge results and explain how they meet these special requirements and thus, help to progress light-metals research and application in this field.

Symposium Organizers

Chair: Carsten Siemers, Technische Universit├Ąt BraunschweigChair: Carsten Siemers, Technische Universit├Ąt Braunschweig
Julie Levesque, Centre de Metallurgie du Quebec
Julien Zollinger, Institut Jean Lamour
Roderick Guthrie, McGill University
Mihaiela Isac, McGill University
Stephan Lederer, DECHEMA Research Institute
Fabian Haase, TU Braunschweig