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LMT2023 Speakers

Dmitry Eskin

Prof. Dmitry Eskin

Brunel University, London

Dmitry G. Eskin is a professor of Brunel University London/BCAST since 2011. Before joining BCAST, he worked as a senior scientist and associate professor in Delft University of Technology/Materials innovation institute (1999-2011). Prof. Eskin is an internationally recognised scientist in the fundamentals of solidification processes, casting defects and ultrasonic melt processing. He has over 330 papers (H-index 55, more than 11,000 citations) and 7 monographs to his name, including Multicomponent Phase Diagrams: Applications for Commercial Aluminum Alloys (2005), Physical Metallurgy of Direct-Chill Casting of Aluminum Alloys (2008), Ultrasonic Treatment of Light Alloy Melts (2015) and Solidification Processing of Metallic Alloys under External Fields (2018). Prof. Eskin is a member of editorial boards of Ultrasonic Sonochemistry, JOM, Metall. Mater. Trans. A and served as a chairman of TMS Aluminum Committee in 2022-2023. He has received TMS Warren Peterson Cast Shop for Aluminum Production Awards (2011, 2013), TMS Aluminum Technology Award (2013) and Mendeleev Medal from TSU (2018).
Abstract title: Recent developments in ultrasonic melt processing: from fundamentals to practice

Prof. Hideyuki Yasuda

Prof. Hideyui Yasuda

Kyoto University, Japan

Prof. Hideyuki Yasuda received a Doctor of Engineering from Kyoto University in 1991. He had been an assistant professor, associate professor and professor in graduate school of engineering, Osaka University (1991-2013). He is a professor in department of materials science and engineering, Kyoto University since 2013. His research field is “Solidification and casting of metallic alloys and ceramics”. Recently, he has studied time evolution of solidification structure and casting defects by using 2D / 3D X-ray imaging techniques in SPring-8 (a synchrotron radiation facility in Japan). He has also developed modeling and simulation of solidification phenomena on the basis of in-situ observations.
Abstract title: Observation of solidification in Al and Mg alloys by time resolved tomography

Dr. Paul Schaffer

Dr. Paul Schaffer

Rio Tinto, Australia

Dr. Paul Schaffer is a Principal Consultant for aluminium products at Rio Tinto. He has a Bachelor of Manufacturing and Materials Engineer and a PhD in Materials Engineering from The University of Queensland. After graduating he worked as a Research Fellow at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) using X-ray imaging techniques to study solidification of monotectic alloys. He then moved into alloy development and process improvement projects at Hydro Aluminium’s R&D Centre in Norway. Currently, he works closely with Rio Tinto’s slab, foundry, and high purity customers throughout the Asia-Pacific region providing technical support and collaborating on product development.
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A/Prof Lang Yuan

Dr. Lang Yuan

University of South Carolina, USA

Dr. Lang Yuan is an Associate Professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of South Carolina (UofSC). He obtained his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Materials Processing and Engineering from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Tsinghua University, China, and his Ph.D. in Materials Science from the Department of Materials at Imperial College London, UK, in 2010. He worked at GE Global Research, NY as a lead research engineer before joining UofSC in 2018, driving and developing multiscale physics-based computational models in Additive Manufacturing (AM). Currently, he leads the Metal AM Laboratory at UofSC and focuses on developing innovative materials and processes for metal AM, numerically and experimentally controlling microstructures and defect formation during alloy solidification to achieve desired mechanical and functional properties. He authored more than 50 journal publications and filed 12 patents in the field of AM.
Abstract title: Mitigation of Solidification Cracking and Porosity in AA 6061 alloy during the Laser Powder Bed Fusion Additive Manufacturing Process

John Grandfield

Dr. John Grandfield

Grandfield Technology, Australia

John is director of Grandfield Technology Pty Ltd, (a consulting and technology firm) and Adjunct Professor at Swinburne University of Technology in the High Temperature Processing Group. He has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Metallurgy (RMIT), an MSc in Mathematical Modelling (Monash University) and a PhD in Materials Science (University of Queensland).
John has 30 years experience in light metals research and technology in government and industry laboratories. He has five patents, has published two book chapters, more than 50 conference and journal papers and has co-authored a book on DC casting of light metals. He was Chair of the TMS Aluminum committee and editor of Light Metals in 2014 and winner of the 2018 Brimacombe Prize.
Scandium is his latest light metal interest.
Abstract title: Scandium and rare earth light metal alloys: new opportunities

Dr Enzo Liotti

Dr. Enzo Liotti

University of Oxford, UK

Dr Enzo Liotti is a Lecturer at the Department of Materials, University of Oxford, United Kingdom. His research focus is on using and developing X-ray synchrotron techniques for the investigation of fundamental dynamic phenomena in metal processing and material science, with particular interest in solidification of metal alloys. He obtained his BSc and MSc in Materials Engineering from the Politecnico di Milano (Italy) and gained a PhD in Materials science in 2011 from the University of Loughborough (UK), with a project on the characterization of a nano-quasicrystalline containing Al alloy with high temperature mechanical properties. From 2011 to 2019 he was a PDRA at the department of Materials, University of Oxford, working on in-situ imaging of solidification within professor Patrick Grant’s Processing of Advanced Materials Group.

Richard Taube

Richard Taube

Ford Research and Advanced Engineering

Richaurd Taube is a Mechanical Engineer and has worked in the Automotive industry in Australia since 1994. His Postgraduate Research was in the field of Sheetmetal Stampings Optimisation and he has been active in BIW structures design, development and testing of the Ford Territory, Falcon and T6 Ranger since 1999 including advanced BIW structures planning, development and cost optimisation in a technical capacity.

He is currently the Australia manager for university programs with oversight for collaborative university research projects with Ford Research & Advanced Engineering and has global responsibility for research based student projects and consortiums. He has an ongoing interest in applied research and collaboration between industry and research schools as well as tech transfer and commercialization of innovation.