The 7th International Conference on
September 1 - 3, 1998
The 7th Conference METAL FORMING’98
was organised by The School of Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering
of University of Birmingham together with The Department of Metallurgy
and Materials Science, Akademia Górniczo – Hutnicza in Kraków. The meeting
was hosted by Professors:
Peter Hartley, Ian Pillinger, Richard Hall and Clive E Neal-Sturgess
who were supported by Maciej Pietrzyk and Jan Kusiak from Poland.
5 keynote lectures were delivered:
The remaining 114 papers covered wide range of topics important
for modern metal forming, including:
P.D. Hodgson, M.J. Cardew-Hall, Process and Product Intgration: Research
J-L. Chenot, F. Bay, An Overview of Numerical Modelling Techniques,
J. Larkiola, P. Myllykoski, A.S. Korhonen, L. Cser, The Role of Neural
networks in the Optimisation of Rolling Processes,
J.C. Gelin, Modelling of Damage in Metal Forming Processes,
Y. Estrin, Dislocation Theory Based Constitutive Modelling: Foundations
coining and blanking,
forging, hollow extrusion and tube forming,
coining, blanking and deep drawing ,
rotary forming and mushy state forming,
friction and lubrication,
friction in sheet forming and deep drawing,
fracture and damage minimisation,
sheet forming and stretching,
wire and bar drawing,
sheet forming and superplasticity
Proceedings of the conference published by the Elsevier Science
S.A. contain the texts of all 114 papers as well as author index
and subject index.
Approx 150 participants attended the conference from 27 countries: Australia,
Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland,
France, Germany, Great Britain, Hong Kong, Hungry, Italy, Japan,
Korea, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia,
South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Tunisia, USA.
During short refreshment breaks the participants
still could discuss issues concerning the conference while tasting delicious
cookies and English tea served, according to the tradition, with milk.
The meeting with Mayor of Birmingham in Council
House at Victoria Square, organised after the sessions, was an unusual
attraction of the second day. The traditional conference Banquet
in the Princess Helena Restaurant of the Chamberlain Hotel was the
following evening’s event. The menu was “scientific” without too much cholesterol,
which could be completed by Scotch Whisky in the Hotel’s Pub.
The Conference ended on 3rd of September at 5 pm.
The English Organisers thanked Mrs Zabaida Bi for being an excellent Organising
Secretary by giving her a big bunch of flowers.
On behalf of the organisers of the next
conference METAL FORMING’2000,
Jan Kusiak invited guests for the meeting in Kraków
in the year 2000.
The scientific discussions during the conference were so exciting,
that the fire brigade’s supervision was needed.
© Halina Kusiak