The last day of the conference. This is one of most well-organized conferences I have attended. Many thanks to chairman Roberto Boeri and co-chairman Juan M Massone! I have got many new ideas for my research work. Now I will relax, just as the Mar del Plata sea lions, for a few days and then continue my work in the lab.
Third day into the SPCI10 conference and today we listened to a panel discussion about future need in the field of cast irons. Companies and academia presented their opinions.
Fredrik Wilbersfors from Scania showed the future need within the heavy truck industry. Fredrik sees a need for light weight cast irons, alloy development to get stronger materials with improved thermal fatigue- and oxidation properties and production improvements. With both academia and foundries present, there were some good discussions and feedback. Ingvar L Svensson from Jönköping University addressed the importance of future research in solidification. For example, if we learn how to control the graphite growth we could design our dream materials. Ingvar also talked about methods to use the microstructure and mechanical properties to predict component behavior.
With many new research ideas circling in our heads, we were invited to the ranch “Estancia Santa Isabel” for an Argentinian barbecue where we could continue the discussions and enjoy the Argentinian culture. After the lunch we got to enjoy a horse show called Prueba de ride da.
New day and new presentations! Some of us prepared for the day with a morning run along the beach whereas others enjoyed a sleep out.
Viktor Norman from Linköping university gave a presentation about thermomechanical fatigue of a compacted graphite iron and discussed the damage evolution. It was interesting to see images of micro cracks occurring in the material during fatigue, which then developed to larger cracks and a final fracture.
At night, it was time for the conference banquet. We were served both delicious food, drinks and an amazing tango dance and music show.
It is time for SPCI10 – a conference on the science and processing of cast iron. This time the conference takes place in Mar del Plata in Argentina. It was a long trip to get here. But arriving at the very nice hotel Costa Galana, which is located at the beautiful coast of Mar del Plata, it was totally worth the long trip!
The first day included some presentations about mechanical properties of cast irons with focus on automotive applications. For example, Ingvar L Svensson from Jönköping University talked about modeling and simulation of mechanical properties and Werner Menk from George Fischer Automotive described development of ductile irons for exhaust applications. The latter presentation is what I work with so we had some nice and interesting discussions. I also gave my presentation about high-temperature corrosion fatigue of a cast iron in exhaust environments. We got to enjoy a tango dance during the lunch followed by a dance lesson, which was a nice break from the technical sessions. After a long day it was nice to relax at the hotel spa and then dine with a part of the Swedish delegation. Looking forward to the rest of the week!
Last week, Taina Vuoristo at SwereaKimab arranged a seminar about mechanical testing at high temperature in Stockholm. I gave a talk and shared our way of testing and also got to listen to interesting presentations about other kinds of testing set-ups. Gunnar Leijon from SwereaKimab also works with testing in reactive environments and showed some of their approaches.
A conclusion from the day is that one of the trickiest parts is to measure the correct temperature on the test specimen. Henrik Östling (SwereaKimab) has done extensive work in measuring the temperature on different positions in a test specimen. Hans Wenegård from Pentronic gave a talk about different methods and when to use them. There is some nice material about this on their homepage: http://www.pentronic.se/home/temperature-sensors/theory-of-sensors.aspx