Jamshedpur : A two-day national conference on ‘Thermo-mechanical processing of steels’ organized as part of the 5th Gleeble User Workshop India (GUWI-2015) begins at CSIR-National Metallurgical laboratory (NML), Jamshedpur from forenoon today.
The conference is jointly organized by CSIR-NML, Jamshedpur, and IIM Jamshedpur Chapter in association with the Gleeble User Forum of India (GUFI). The previous GUWI workshops were organized at RDCIS (Ranchi), IIT (Roorkee), Jindal Steel Works (Vijayanagar) and IIT (Chennai).
In the present global scenario, stringent requirements on product performance have led to an unprecedented emphasis on new steel compositions and technological innovations leading to efficiency, affordability and environment friendliness.
The issues related to process and microstructural designs of new generation steels have witnessed major research and development priorities world over, envisaging several new application avenues in various fields including automotives, line pipes, earthquake resistant structures, electrical steels etc.
The thermo-mechanical processing and treatment play a pivotal role in the design and development of high performance steels. Therefore, physical process simulation becomes a necessary tool for better microstructural understanding and useful predictions of ensuing process-structure-properties correlations.
There are ten Gleeble thermo-mechanical simulators in India. The simulator is used particularly for the fundamental studies on the materials behaviour under different thermo-mechanical process conditions and helps in the product development at the industrial scale. This reduces the number of plant trials before the actual production and thus reducing the cost incurred.
The motive behind this conference is to bring together the researchers from academia, R & D establishments and industries; and provide them a platform for sharing their research work and have fruitful scientific interactions leading to better understanding and in turn paving the way for better disposition towards product development in the subject area of the conference.
The chief guest of this conference Dr. Debashish Bhattacharjee, group director, R&D, Tata Steel, delivered the inaugural talk on ‘Thermo-mechanical Simulation an essential tool for product development’. In his inaugural address he gave a wide perspective of the current international scenario on steel development and product performance.
He stressed the need to go for high performance advanced high strength steels to compete with Aluminium in vehicles, to understand the underlying metallurgy for the development of new steels and to reduce the incubation time for steel development from laboratory to production which can be accomplished by physical and computer simulations. He observed that 10-15 years of product development cycle is too long for the dynamic changes taking place globally.
Dr. M.K. Agrawal, Vice-chairman, IIM Jamshedpur Chapter and Professor NIT Jamshedpur, welcomed the delegates and spoke about the activities of IIM local chapter. Dr. Vinod Kumar, Dy. GM, RDCIS, Ranchi, and senior member GUFI, talked about the conference and its importance in the current national scenario for product development at competitive cost.
The convener of the conference Dr. V.C. Srivastava, Principal Scientist, CSIR-NML, thanked all the delegates, sponsors and all the members involved in making the conference a success.