ESAFORM is a European association with the mission to stimulate applied and fundamental research in the field of material forming. Its annual conference, the International ESAFORM Conference on Material Forming, is used to achieve one of the main goals of ESAFORM: to spread scientific and technological information related to material forming within academic and industrial communities.
The 18thInternational ESAFORM Conference on Material Forming – ESAFORM 2015 will be held for the first time in Graz, Austria and will take place at Graz University of Technology (TU Graz) on April 15 – 17, 2015. The conference will cover numerous disciplines related to material forming including metals, polymers, ceramics and composites. Innovative applications of materials, such as in medicine, are also welcome. All traditional and new forming processes are considered relevant.
ESAFORM 2015 is jointly organised by Graz University of Technology and VIRTUAL VEHICLE Research Center. The conference will bring together specialists from academia and industry all around the world, to discuss the latest technological innovations and recent achievements in material forming.
Conference Topics /Mini Symposia
The conference is structured into several mini-symposia, following the format of parallel sessions. Plenary lectures will be given by outstanding researchers from both scientific and industrial fields followed by oral presentations by the participants.
- MS1 – Formability of metallic materials
- MS2 – Forging and rolling
- MS3 – Composites forming processes
- MS4 – Friction and wear in material processing
- MS5 – Multiscale and continuum constitutive modelling
- MS6 – Nano-structured materials and micro forming
- MS7 – Additive manufacturing and non-conventional processes
- MS8 – Structures, properties and processing of polymers (and biomass based materials)
- MS9 – Energy efficient solutions in material forming
- MS10 – Advanced hybrid (natural) material solutions
- MS11 – Extrusion and drawing
- MS12 – Incremental and sheet metal forming
- MS13 – Machining and cutting
- MS14 – New and advanced numerical strategies for material forming
- MS15 – Optimization and inverse analysis in forming
- MS16 – Innovative joining by forming technologies
- MS17 – Heat transfer modelling
- MS18 – Semi-solid processes
- MS19 – Integrated design, modelling and reliability assessment in forming (I-DMR)
- MS20 – Computational techniques and multi-scale methods for composites, metallic sheets and coating models
- MS21 – Intelligent Computation in Forming Processes
The ESAFORM Scientific Prize
The ESAFORM Scientific Prize is awarded annually. The prize is 2000 Euros. It intends to recognize a young scientist, who has brought an outstanding contribution in the field of materials forming. This contribution may be either theoretical, or experimental, or both. It may concern any kind of materials (metals, polymers, composites, ceramics, glass, concrete, food materials…) and any forming process (rolling, forging, sheet forming, casting, machining, extrusion, injection moulding, blow moulding…). The excellence of the candidate will be evaluated on following points :
- Quality of the scientific work confirmed by publications
- International networking
- Leadership of a research team
- Research not only focused on a single topic
- Balanced activities: academic work, research projects
Who may apply?
The applicants are post-graduate researchers with a number of years of professional experience, not older than 35 years old by January 1st 2015, they must work (or must have worked) in an European country. They may belong to Academia as well as to Industry.
The ESAFORM PhD Prize for Industrial Research
Who may apply?
The ESAFORM PhD Prize for Industrial Research is awarded annually. The prize is 2000 Euros. It intends to distinguish a PhD researcher, who has brought an outstanding contribution in the field of industrial material forming. Based on a sound scientific fundament, the work should demonstrate a clear industrial relevance supported by actual application of the work. The contribution may lead to a (potential) innovation in design, control or performance of industrial materials processing. It may concern any kind of material (metal, polymer, composite, ceramic, glass, concrete, food etc.) and any forming process (rolling, forging, sheet forming, casting, machining, extrusion, injection moulding, blow moulding etc.).
The applicant must have finished a PhD research project related to material forming and the application for this prize should follow within 2 years of the approval of the PhD thesis. The research should show clear industrial application, evidenced by cooperation with an industrial partner.
- Prof. Christof Sommitsch – Graz University of Technology
- Dr. Aldo Ofenheimer – Virtual Vehicle Reserach Center