The ESAFORM 2014 conference will be organized within a number of mini-symposia, covering a multitude of areas of research. The list of mini-symposia is as follows: ESAFORM 2014 leaflet (pdf).

NEW !  Conference guide(updated 7.5.2014)


(Minisymposia coordinators are bolded(italic))

MS1 Formability of metallic materials
Prof. D. Banabic(Technical University of Cluj Napoca, Romania), Prof. F. Barlat (Pohang University of Science and Technology, Republic of Korea), Prof. T. Kuwabara (Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Japan), Dr. A. Ofenheimer (Virtual Vehicle, Graz, Austria), Dr. Holger Aretz (HYDRO, Germany), Dr. T. Balan (ENSAM Metz, France)

The mini-symposium “Formability of metallic materials” is aimed as a broad discussion forum for the most up-to-date theoretical, numerical and experimental approaches addressing the formability of metallic materials. All metallic materials are considered, and most particularly new structural materials with lightweight potential associating high strength and crashworthiness to a reduced weight of the parts. Contributions are expected on the development and onset of necking and strain localization, as well as other phenomena that limit the formability, including the impact of constitutive models specific to these new materials such as anisotropy, complex strain-path hardening, damage, strain-rate sensitivity, etc., described at different scales. Moreover, the effect of material / experimental scatter has become a serious issue for the robust application of formability predictions in an industrial context. All forming processes can be considered without exception, in particular new forming processes and approaches, including (but not restricted to) incremental forming, hot/warm forming, micro-forming, etc.

MS2 Forging and rolling

Prof. B.-A. Behrens (Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany), Prof. M. Merklein (FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany), Prof. P. Peura (Tampere University of Tech, Finland), Ass. Prof. Cecilia Poletti (Graz University of Technology)

This mini-symposium should provide a forum for discussion and dissemination of the latest scientific findings and technology advances related to material production and processing by rolling and forging. The topics covered by the mini-symposium include, but are not limited to: characterisation and modelling of flow; damage and fracture behaviour of new workpiece and tool materials as well as friction and heat transfer phenomena; new approaches to numerical modelling of process-related material flow and failure; experimental and numerical process design and optimisation; computer-aided process control. More general issues, related to the cost and energy process efficiency, will be addressed as well. Contributions of both academia and industry are welcome.

MS3 Composites forming processes

Prof. P. Boisse (INSA Lyon France), Prof. R. Akkerman (University of Twente, The Netherlands), Prof. F. Chinesta (Ècole Centrale Nantes, France), Prof. S. Lomov (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium), Prof. J. Sherwood (University of Massachusetts Lowell, USA)

The use of composite materials is expanding rapidly in various fields, in particular in civil aeronautics. The centre wing box of A380 is made from composite materials; the new aircrafts of Boeing and Airbus have composite wings and a composite fuselage. These composite materials become a major issue in order to decrease the mass and the fuel consumption of the aircraft. These high level applications of composite materials created a significant demand for scientific knowledge and computational tools of composite materials. The mechanical behaviour of the composite materials in service is dominated by the fibre orientation and density. The forming process, in turn, determines the fibre distribution. Hence, not only the in service performance (stiffness, damage, fatigue…) has to be predicted, but certainly also the complex manufacturing processes, of which there are many. Their knowledge and their modelling are essential for the analysis of the composite structures in service. Since 2001 and the Liege ESAFORM conference, an annual “Composite forming processes” mini symposium gathers researchers from Europe, and also from USA, Asia and Australia, who can present their works and exchange their points of view concerning research in the field of composite forming (twenty to forty communications each year). Conference ESAFORM thus became a privileged and single place for this subject. Experimental and numerical "benchmarks" were set up on in-plane shear properties, double dome forming and friction. They are discussed within the composites forming mini-symposia. The topics of the developed sessions concern in particular: Material characterization; Constitutive laws during forming; Forming simulations; Mesoscopic analyses; Resin injection; Thermoforming; Contact and friction; Benchmark efforts.

MS4 Friction and wear in material processing

Prof. L. Dubar (Université de Valenciennes, France), Dr. A.Ghiotti (Università degli Studi di Padova, Italy), Prof. A. Dubois (Université de Valenciennes, France), Prof. M. Dubar (Université de Valenciennes, France), prof. V-M. Kuokkala (Tampere University of Tech, Finland)

Friction, lubrication and wear are all important issues in materials processing, dictating boundary conditions of the mechanical problems as well as productivity via tool life. This justifies constant efforts, both experimental and theoretical, to understand, predict and control. All aspects of tribology in materials processing will be addressed in this mini-symposium: (i) Processes from the molten state to finishing, including metal cutting and metal forming, polymer or ceramic processing, surface finishing and surface engineering; (ii) Applications are called not only in materials processing, but also in other fields of mechanical engineering, to foster exchanges of different practices; (iii) Experimental measurement, in situ as well as ex-situ, predictive multiscale or phenomenological modeling, or consequences of friction on process mechanics, tool life and product quality; (iv) Coatings, surface treatments and new approaches to decrease friction and protect against wear and seizure while respecting increasingly severe environmental rules (Minimum Quantity Lubrication, new lubricants and additives including “greener” ones, applications of tool/workpiece coatings…)

MS5 Multiscale & continuum constitutive modelling

Prof. A. M. Habraken (University of Liège, Belgium), Prof. F. Chinesta (Ècole Centrale Nantes, France), Prof. L. Tabourot (Polytech Annecy-Chambéry, France), Prof. R. J. Alves de Sousa (University of Aveiro, Portugal), Prof. R. Wagoner (The Ohio State University, U.S.A.)

The goal of this mini-symposium is to share ideas about constitutive modeling for any material (metals like AL, steel, Ti, Mg.. but also glass, wood, food, textile, composite…) that can be formed. The studied scale goes from atomistic to macroscopic one. If your model scale prevents to perform a forming process but allows identifying a higher scale model able to do it, or if it helps to understand if the formed material will have the required properties, it is welcome. Your work must just show the link with the final goal of material forming. Multiscale models involving numerical homogenization schemes are appreciated however looking at a single scale is of course a first step. So models such as macroscopic phenomenological models or crystal plasticity constitutive laws are also welcome. The symposium welcomes experimental contributions allowing identification and validation of the models, or strategies for identification. Variability of material's properties is a critical factor that that can deeply affects process. Therefore material properties have to be measured as often as necessary. Regarding identification, strategies that allow on-line identification are encouraged. In order to increase productivity, nowadays material are submitted to more and more extreme production conditions to obtain more rapidly more complex geometries. Models have therefore to be more and more versatile. Contributions to models that covers: complex loading paths; high strain rates, high temperatures, cyclic loading would be appreciated. Contributions may focus on any aspect of the material response that contributes to its formability (hardening, rate sensitivity, anisotropy, toughness, phase transformation). The coupling between thermal, mechanical and metallurgical behavior is another key factor for material forming.

MS6 Nano-structured materials and microforming

Prof. U. Engel (FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany), Dr. A. Rosochowski (University of Strathclyde, United Kingdom), Prof. A.S. Korhonen (Aalto University, Finland)

MS7 Additive manufacturing and Non-conventional processes

Prof. L. Santo (Università degli Studi di Roma "Tor Vergata", Italy), Prof. L. Slătineanu (Universitatea Tehnică "Gheorghe Asachi" din Iași, Romania), Dr. H.-P. Schulze (Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg, Germany), Dr. M. Coteata (Universitatea Tehnică "Gheorghe Asachi" din Iași, Romania), Prof. T. J. Gomes dos Santos (Faculty of Sciences and Technology UNL, Portugal)
Non-conventional processes

Prof. J. Partinen (Aalto University, Finland), PhD J. Tuomi (Aalto University, Finland)
Additive manufacturing

The mini-symposium of non-conventional processes aims to facilitate the exchanges of the scientific information concerning the so-called non-conventional processes. In accordance with an accepted convention, one can consider that the non-conventional processes are based essentially on increasing the energy available in the working zone, by different ways, so that either a traditional machining process develops under better conditions, or the machining process develops on new principles, fundamentally different in comparison with the basic principle of the traditional machining processes (the principle of the plastic deformation). One can also appreciate that the non-conventional machining processes uses a non-traditional mechanism of interaction between the tool and the workpiece or non-traditional media are used in order to achieve the transfer of energy from the tool to the workpiece. The last decades proved an increased interest for highlighting new aspects of the non-conventional processes, for improving the performances specific to these processes, for identification of new applications of the non-conventional processes. The group of non-conventional machining processes includes the machining processes that use electrical discharges or other physical effects of the electric current, the electrochemical machining processes, the chemical machining processes, the plasma and ion beam machining processes, the ultrasonic machining processes, the laser beam machining processes, the electron beam machining processes, the machining processes with moving fluids, the machining processes that use magnetic field, the hybrid machining processes etc. The topics of the minisymposium concern the machining processes that use the electrical discharges or other physical effects of the electric current, the electrochemical machining processes, the ultrasonic machining processes, the beam machining processes, the machining processes that use moving fluids or magnetic field, the hybrid machining processes, the explosive, magnetic-pulse, peen, and other forming processes, the non-conventional processes of micro-forming, the numerical simulations and modelling of non-conventional processes, the performance evaluation of non-conventional processes, the non-conventional methods and tests for material characterization etc.

Additive manufacturing is technology in which different parts or shapes are made by adding thin layers of material one above the other, where each layer is a cross section of the final shape. This technology has been used in different industries for about 20 years. Improvements in the quality of the output from layer addition based machines have meant that currently, there is a much closer link to the final product than it used to be in the very beginnings of this technology. Nowadays functional commercialised parts are manufactured by an additive technique in many industries.The Additive manufacturing part of mini-symposium aims to gather innovative solutions for AM-technologies and applications. Especially processes and methods to achieve final products not models.

MS8 Structures, properties and processing of polymers (and biomass based materials)

Prof. F. Schmidt (Ècole des Mine D'Albi-Carmaux, France), Dr. L. Silva (CEMEF, Mines ParisTech, France), Prof. G. Regnier (Arts et Métiers ParisTech, France), Dr. P. Martin (Queen's University of Belfast, Ireland), Dr. G. Menary (Queen's University of Belfast, Ireland)

The mini-symposium focuses on a large research area dealing with polymer processing. The plastic industry has growing impacts in our life. In addition, this industry has to face numerous challenges when dealing with health, depletion of natural resources, energy saving, and so on.For this reason the mini-symposium covers a wide range of research areas, from the structure of polymers to the final product. In other words, all research areas linked to structural or intrinsic properties, to the developments of new polymers (for example, bio-polymers), numerical modelling of plastic processing, process optimisation, interactions between polymers and other materials (friction, radiation, etc.), the multi-physical coupling, for instance, are welcomed.

MS9 Energy efficiency in metal forming

Dr. S. Chatti (Technical University Dortmund, Germany), Prof. E. Ceretti (Università degli Studi di Brescia, Italy), PD Dr.-Ing. Dipl.-Inf. H. Hagenah (Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany)

The goal of the minisymposium is to examine revolutionary structures, materials, design techniques, manufacturing techniques, and methods of analysis for products and processes. It will emphasize processes and products manufactured by forming processes which have the potential for improving environmental sustainability through reduced life cycle energy consumption. These benefits may arise from novel techniques for weight reduction or new manufacturing methods which require less energy compared to existing manufacturing techniques in forming. The main topics of the minisymposium are: (i) new strategies in light weight design, including new life-cycle concepts in metal forming (e.g. reuse, recycling); (ii) new methodologies of designing lightweight products manufactured by forming processes; (iii) computational methods for the simulation of processes related to the main topics of this minisymposium; (iv) energy efficiency in the existing supply chain for metal forming and (v) new forming processes for lightweight products. Please note that the simple drawing of energy balances for metal forming processes as well as methodologies and tools for drawing an energy balance in general are excluded in the scope of the minisymposium.

MS10 Advanced hybrid (natural) material solutions

MS11 Extrusion and drawing

Prof. H. Valberg (Norges Teknisk-Naturvitenskapelige Universitet, Norway), Dr. L. Donati (Università di Bologna, Italy), Dr. N. Ben Khalifa (Technical University Dortmund, Germany), Prof. C. Liu (Jilin University, China)

The symposium should provide knowledge and information regarding the latest advancements of the technologies of extrusion and drawing of metals to experts from the European industry and the research community. The goal is to bring together scientists and industrial expertise for presentation of the most recent results of research within the area, to stimulate more focused progress within this field in the future. Contributions that cover all aspects of the technology of drawing and extrusion of metals are welcomed to this mini-symposium: literature reviews, experimental and theoretical work on the mechanics and the metallurgical aspects of extrusion and drawing of various metals, FE-analysis of such processes to calculate forming parameters as well as the resulting microstructure and the mechanical properties of the products fabricated by means of drawing or extrusion. Technological testing and the mechanics of such tests, where the purpose is to collect material or processing data for describing of such processes, are also included.

MS12 Incremental and sheet metal forming

Dr. V. T. Meinders (Universiteit Twente, Netherlands), Prof. T. Welo (Norges Teknisk-Naturvitenskapelige Universitet, Norway), Prof. L. Felici (Università della Calabria, Italy), Prof. C. Giardini (Università degli Studi di Bergamo, Italy), Prof. J. Duflou (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium), Prof. A.S. Korhonen (Aalto University, Finland)

The Incremental and Sheet Metal Forming Symposium was initiated at the start of the ESAFORM Conference cycles, and is one of the largest symposium since the. In this symposium, researchers from Europe and abroad share their novel and challenging ideas and achievements in the wide field of sheet metal forming. Authors are encouraged to submit a paper to discuss their latest achievements in Incremental Forming and Sheet Metal Forming in general, in the field of experiments, numerical simulations and algorithm development. Typical areas of research are (but not restricted to): Deep drawing; Incremental forming; Bending; Rubberpad forming; Hydroforming; Superplastic sheet forming; Roll forming; Etc.

MS13 Machining and cutting

Prof. D. Umbrello (Università della Calabria, Italy), Prof. T. Matsumura (Tokyo-Denki University, Japan), Prof. P. Arrazola (Mondragón Unibertsitatea, Spain)

The minisymposium would include both paper and poster sessions and a round table aimed to the discussion of the most relevant topics in this research area and, if possible, to the establishment of cooperative research activities. The main topics of the minisymposium are: experimental analysis of machining operations; application of traditional and advanced coolant methodologies for enanching the machinability znd the product’s performance; sustainable manufacturing; innovative measurement methods and devices to detect relevant variables in machining (temperatures, pressures, vibrations, wear ….). numerical modelling of machining and blanking operations; material characterization and formulation of effective constitutive laws; friction and material fracture modelling in machining and cutting; applications of inverse analysis to material characterization; surface integrity (prediction of residual stresses, roughness, microstructural changes); prediction of tool wear; computational methods for cutting simulation; use of numerical simulation to design cutting tools (including the distribution of coating layers).

MS14 New and advanced numerical strategies for material forming

Prof. E. Cueto (University of Zaragoza, Spain), Prof. R. M. Natal Jorge (Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto, Portugal), Prof. S. Reese (RWTH Aachen University, Germany), Prof. F. Chinesta (Ècole Centrale de Nantes, France)

This MS covers all aspects related to non-conventional modeling and simulation of forming processes. By that we consider all those developments in the field of numerical simulation that can eventually and potentially be applied to the simulation of any forming process. Among these, the following non-exclusive list of topics is considered: Advances in Finite Element Technology; Meshless and meshfree methods; Particle methods; Advanced shell methodologies, solid/shell formulations, etc.; Numerical techniques for challenging processes (FSW, LFW, …); Speeding up simulations (parallel computing, model order reduction, …). This year we encourage particularly submissions in the following challenging fields: Fine versus coarse modeling; Simulation-based real time control; Real time simulations; Supercomputing (GPUs, ...) and deployed systems; From virtual to augmented reality; Alleviating mesh contraints (anisotropic meshes, advanced remeshing, meshless, …).

MS15 Inverse analysis optimization and stochastic approaches

Dr. A. H. van den Boogaard (Universiteit Twente, The Netherlands), Dr. L. Fourment (Ècole des Mines de Paris, France), Prof. M. Strano (Politecnico di Milano, Italy)

Results for the simplest material test and the most complex forming process depend on material and process variables. The sensitivity of results to material and process variables can be used to determine unknown variables from known results (inverse analysis and parameter estimation) as well as to determine variable settings to achieve optimal results. At the same time it is recognized that in real-life, material behaviour and process conditions show stochastic variations that may reduce the effectiveness of optimized designs. In this mini-symposium all aspects related to these issues are discussed. Academic as well as engineering contributions will be welcome. Items that fall within the scope of this mini-symposium include: INVERSE ANALYSIS: identification of constitutive, friction, heat transfer or damage parameters; identification of boundary conditions or unknown process conditions; design of experimental procedures and measurement techniques for inverse analysis; numerical methods and algorithms for inverse analysis. CONTROL AND OPTIMIZATION: shape and/or process optimization; process control; new methods and algorithms for deterministic optimisation. STOCHASTIC APPROACHES: reliability assessment; robust design; optimisation under uncertainty.

MS16 Innovative joining by forming technologies

Prof. L. Fratini (Università degli Studi di Palermo, Italy), Prof. M. Merklein (FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany), Prof. F. Micari (Università degli Studi di Palermo, Italy), Prof. C. Sommitsch (Graz University of Technology, Austria)

The minisymposium will include both paper and poster sessions and a round table aimed to the discussion of the most relevant topics in this research area and, if possible, to the establishment of cooperative research activities. The main topics of the minisymposium are:- mechanical fastening operations (clinching, riveting and so on); friction welding; friction stir welding and friction stir spot welding; hybrid joining processes; innovative joining processes (also using adhesives) including forming or pre-forming of the materials to be joined; computational methods for joining simulation of processes;- applications of inverse analysis to material characterization in joining conditions;- part integrity (prediction of residual stresses, distortions, etc.);- innovative measurement methods and devices to detect relevant variables in joining by forming (temperatures, pressures, vibrations, wear ….).

MS17 Heat transfer modelling

Dr. V. Sobotka (Université de Nantes, France), Dr. K. Mocellin (CEMEF, MINES ParisTech, France), Dr. T. Pättikangas (VTT, Finland)

Heat transfer is inherent in a large number of forming processes in the fields of metals, polymers, composites, ceramics, glass, etc. Heat effects strongly impacts on the thermomechanical properties of the produced parts. Thus, to reach the criteria of quality, performance, durability and the requirements of production rates, they must be accurately modelled and controlled not only in the material but also in the tools. The aim of this symposium is thus to bring together scientists dealing with modelling and experimental analysis of heat transfer applied to material forming processes. We will welcome contributions dealing with analysis of applications for which heat transfer plays an essential part. The main topics of the minisymposium are: characterization and modelling of thermophysical properties in homogeneous and heterogeneous media; characterization and modelling of coupled heat transfer in forming processes; thermal metrology; phase change problems; heat treatments; heat transfer phenomena in moulds/tools: conductive heat transfer, infrared heating, induction heating of metals, etc.; heat transfer phenomena in welding processes.

MS18 Semi-solid processes

Dr. D. Brabazon (Dublin City University, Republic of Ireland), Prof. H. Atkinson (University of Leicester, Great Britain), Dr. A. Rassili (University of Liège, Belgium), Dr. A. Pola (Università degli Studi di Brescia, Italy)

The mini-symposium “Semi-solid processes” is aimed as a broad discussion forum for the most up-to-date theoretical, numerical and experimental approaches addressing the formability of semi-solid materials. Topics of relevance include methods of preparation of feedstock for thixoforming and the influence of processing parameters on material processability. The effect of alloy composition, fraction solid, mold design and formed component application analysis are relevant topics for this mini-symposium. Recent research within the area of semi-solid metal processing has focused on thermal methods for feedstock development, novel alloy developments and die developments to allow for high temperature processing of steel components is of particular interest. Development of accurate modelling techniques, describing the rheology of these materials, is fundamental to the understanding and advancement of this process. Relations with morphology, temperature, fraction solid and time need to be considered. All material types that may enhance the development of this research area can be considered without exception, in particular new alloy developments, including (but not restricted to) aluminum, magnesium, steel, etc.

MS19 Integrated design, modelling and reliability assessment in forming (I-DMR)

Prof. A. Andrade-Campos (University of Aveiro, Portugal), Prof. S. Thuillier (Université de Bretagne-Sud, France), Prof. P. Carlone (Università degli Studi di Salerno, Italy), Prof. R. J. Alves de Sousa (University of Aveiro, Portugal), Prof. R. A. F. Valente (University of Aveiro, Portugal)

Today, “single step” analyses in manufacturing technology are not enough to improve the process and increase competitiveness. On the other hand, an unified analysis of the distinct aspects of manufacturing technologies can lead to a better understanding of the implicated phenomena in the forming processes and increase in the overall efficiency of the process. Outline and Goals: The main goal of this mini-symposium is to provide a forum of discussion and presentation of research works from academia and industry partners on integrated numerical and experimental methodologies leading to sustainable forming products. Integrated design, modelling and reliability assessment (I-DMR) techniques focus on the use of comprehensive and innovative numerical and experimental strategies dealing with conventional or innovative forming technologies and products as a whole, from the project definition to the final product, aiming to optimize plastically formed parts concerning the technological processes' efficiency as well as the structural performance of the final components. Topics: Papers on the following subjects are expected and welcomed, from both numerical and experimental standpoints: Integrated forming approaches (distinct forming strategies towards the final product); Material modelling and testing; Conventional and alternative numerical/experimental methodologies for testing and validation; Software development; Experimental setup development; Prediction of defects in formed parts; Optimization of manufacturing processes; Optimization procedures' coupling to numerical and experimental models; Functionality and reliability assessment; Integrated energy consumption in the manufacturing processes; Integrated analysis of high temperature forming processes and reliability.

MS20  Computational techniques and multi-scale methods for composites, metallic sheets and coating models

Prof. R. J. Alves de Sousa (University of Aveiro, Portugal), Dr. I. Vladimirov (RWTH Aachen University, Germany), Dr. L. Duchene (University of Liège, Belgium), Dr. T. Yalcinkaya (University of Oxford, UK)

The present symposium aims to present the most recent developments in the field of numerical simulation of processes and advanced material models, in a large variety of processes and materials, ranging from the classical stamping and forging technologies through most advanced processes such as incremental sheet forming, hydroforming and electro-magnetic forming, among others For material modeling, contributions are expected not only focusing on metallic materials, but also advanced materials like composites or coated-materials. The increasing need for complex parts production using advanced materials relies strongly on the development of advanced and cost effective numerical simulation techniques, to provide reliable and cost effective solutions to the product designer. This can only be achieved with elaborated and well grounded formulations on finite element technology and/or multiscale methods, large deformation and large strain formulations, anisotropic material models (either phenomenological and dislocation/texture based), proper algorithmic contact and friction treatment and advanced geometric description of tools. In this sense, the present symposium intends to be a contribution in achieving better solutions for realistic forming problems, trying to establish a bridge between academic and industrial major researchers and end-users, and foreseeing lines of development in the near future.