WELCOME to ICSAM 2018!
It is our pleasure to host the ICSAM 2018 – the International Conference on Superplasticity in Advanced Materials, in Saint-Petersburg, Russia.
ICSAM was established as a platform for academic researchers and industrial engineers in the field of superplasticity. Participants of this conference are involved in R&D activity in the field of material science and mechanical engineering.
The first ICSAM was held in San Diego in 1982. Thereafter, eleven conferences were held consecutively in Grenoble, Blaine, Osaka, Moscow, Bangalore, Orlando, Oxford, Chengdu, Seattle, Albi covering America, Europe and Asia. The last (12th) ICSAM held in 2015 in Tokyo, Japan, attracted more than 140 participants. ICSAM2018 is the 13th international conference on Superplasticity series and is built upon this proven concept and continues the tradition of its predecessors. Only a limited number of participants pay exclusive attention to the examination of superplastic phenomenon and the implementation of superplastic forming technique into commercial use. However, a majority of researchers examine different aspects of materials exhibiting superplastic phenomenon. Unique mechanical properties of materials with ultra-fine grained structure have been attracting significant attention of material science community.
The ICSAM 2018 provides a platform for discussing the production of materials with submicrometer and nanoscale grains, including all aspects of their mechanical behavior in addition to the super plasticity of materials. The overall aim of the ICSAM 2018 is to consolidate existing knowledge and identify future work requiring attention from the research of materials with fine and ultra-fine grained structure, their superplastic and other properties, and eventual commercial application.
In previous ICSAM conferences, members of the superplastic community were able to easily communicate which gave rise to fruitful discussions in superplastic activity. We believe that the spirit of the previous 12 ICSAM conferences will be continued successfully. The present ICSAM is organised by the Belgorod National Research University, in co-operation with Saint-Petersburg State University and Armalit31, a commercial company.
It will be our further pleasure for all the participants to obtain fruitful results through their presentation, discussion and information exchange, and to enjoy a social program as well as sightseeing tours before and after the conference. Saint-Petersburg, the old capital of the Russian Empire, will provide a variety of choices for the discerning tourist.
Chairman of National Program Committee
Belgorod national Research University, Russia