Symposia and Topics

Tentative Symposia Topics for ICAA19

The conference comprises plenary lectures, presentations and posters organized under 11 symposia. Each symposium is organized in sessions, which comprise between 4 and 8 presentations. Each session will also have a dedicated time-slot for discussions. Below is a preliminary list of symposia topics being considered.


  1. Sustainability in design and recycling

Sustainability has become a core requirement of all product and process development initiatives. The symposium aims to provide opportunities to present the advancements in sustainability of aluminum alloy product and process development. De-carbonization of primary aluminum production to advancement in recycling of scrap will be covered. End of Life scrap usage from automotive and other markets will be discussed. Efficient EoL vehicle dismantling, sorting and segregation for full circularity will be presented. In addition, alloy design with high recycle content and its effects on processing and product performance will be a large area of focus for both industrial and academic research and collaborations.

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  1. Industrial Applications (Aerospace, Automotive and Packaging)

Aluminum usage in various markets has grown significantly over the last few decades. This symposium will focus on three of the largest markets covering aerospace, automotive and packaging. Alloy and process development for sheet, plate, extrusions and forgings will be discussed. Advancements in process technologies and various heat treatments will be presented. For example, correlation of microstructure, texture and surface chemistry to product performance will be focus areas.

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  1. Additive Manufacturing and Joining

This symposium provides a forum to explore new research directions in the field of additive manufacturing and joining of aluminum alloys. It covers all aspects of additive manufacturing: from raw materials (powders, wires) to final performances with a particular emphasis on alloy design dedicated to AM and processability by AM-routes. Advances in joining of aluminum alloys using RSW, SPR, adhesive bonding, laser welding etc. are covered. Both modeling and experimental approaches are considered. AM-processes including Laser Beam Melting, Electron Beam Melting, Direct Metal Deposition, Binder Jetting (MBJ), WAAM, etc. are considered. Detailed investigations linking AM processing to microstructures to structural (mechanical) and/or functional (physical) properties are welcome.  ​

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  1. New directions in alloy and process design (Including Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning)

The technical presentations will center on new methods in alloy and process design including use of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML). Application of AI to manufacturing processes (e.g., casting, rolling, forming, etc.) also will be explored.

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  1. Casting and Solidification 

This symposium will focus on the science and technology of solidification with an emphasis on micro/macrostructure and quality of aluminum castings. Casting is the first step of the aluminum alloy processing and can have a significant impact on subsequent processing and properties. The symposium welcomes technical presentations on a full spectrum of casting processes. Both experimental and numerical papers are welcome, preferably in combination. This symposium also welcomes contributions on solidification fundamentals and in-situ studies. The symposium aims to explore significant changes in scrap utilization in the coming years and the resulting impact on the melt quality, composition, melt purification needs, melt treatment processes, casting processes, etc.

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  1. Modelling and Simulations (process and products) 

This symposium is focused on all types of modeling and simulation, related to a process or aluminum products, including the theoretical approaches as well as practical industrial simulations. This symposium will address application of integrated computational materials engineering (ICME) tools and techniques related to the aluminum industry.

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  1. Microstructure Design – Alloying and Heat Treatments 

This symposium is dedicated to experimental and theoretical work in the field of microstructure design and solid-state phase transformations in aluminum alloys. This symposium will include papers related to the role of alloying, heat treatment, and processing in microstructure design and evolution (texture, grain structure, precipitation…). Topics also include thermomechanical processing of aluminum alloys, dynamic recrystallization, and transformation textures.

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  1. Advanced Characterization and Testing 

This symposium is focused on advanced characterization techniques related to all aspects of aluminum development and processing. Techniques include but are not limited to microscopy, spectroscopy, diffraction, and non-destructive methods.

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  1. Deformation Behavior and Mechanical Properties (Fatigue and Fracture) 

This symposium will address all aspects of strength, plastic deformation, and their consequences on formability of aluminum alloys for different fields of applications (aerospace, automotive, beverage cans…). The mechanical properties of aluminum alloys will include (but not limited to) tensile, fatigue, impact, fracture toughness, creep properties. The symposium will also include all aspects of deformation and formability of aluminum alloys including springback. New emerging forming technologies and their applications to aluminum alloys are also part of this symposium.

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  1. Corrosion, Surface Treatments and Environment Sensitive Fracture 

The symposium covers all aspects related to the corrosion issues and their control as applied to aluminum alloys and their surfaces. Scope of topics for this symposium include all different types of corrosion phenomenon (atmospheric, uniform, galvanic, crevice, pitting deposition, intergranular, exfoliation, erosion, stress corrosion cracking, corrosion fatigue, hydrogen induces degradation, filiform, and microbiological induced corrosion). Surface treatments to prevent corrosion will also be included in this symposium.

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  1. Emerging Markets and Applications 

This symposium will provide a forum to discuss the use of aluminum and its alloys in emerging markets and new applications where aluminum has not traditionally been used. These topics may include (not limited to) batteries, electronic packaging, etc.

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  1. Dr Thomas H Sanders Memorial Symposium on Physical Metallurgy

This special symposium has been organized to celebrate the career of Professor Tom Sanders whose research contributed to the development of wrought aluminum alloys in the aerospace and transportation sector. His work spanned all the heat treatable alloy systems and he was a pioneer in the resurgence of aluminum-lithium alloys during the 1980’s and 90’s. Tom was a co-organizer of the first ICAA meeting in Charlottesville, VA in 1986. Authors are encouraged to submit papers related to precipitation, deformation, and microstructure control in 2xxx, 6xxx, 7xxx, and Al-Li alloys. Former students, colleagues, and collaborators are especially welcome to share their personal experiences in working with Professor Sanders.

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