1.REFRACTORY & HARDMATERIALS:
Refractory metals (W, Mo, Re, Ta, Nb, Os, Ir, Hf), their alloys, compounds (carbides, nitrides, silicides, and borides), and composites (including hardmaterials and cermets), trends, status, supply & availability, current and future applications, health, safety & environmental concerns.
2. POWDER PRODUCTION:
All forms of metal and alloy powder production to include mechanical milling, processes for producing nanocrystalline powders, atomization, coated powders, and similar methods and materials.
3. PROCESSING / PROPERTIES / MICROSTRUCTURE / PERFORMANCE:
Presentation of the relationship among processing, properties, microstructure, and performance of refractory metals, alloys, carbides and compounds is sought. Discussions of new and developing process methods including additive manufacturing, cold spray, metal injection molding, field-assisted sintering technology is included. Coverage of conventional processes with new capabilities and resulting novel materials and properties including developments in nano-structured refractory metals and alloys is of interest.
4. MECHANICAL BEHAVIOR:
Discussion of the quasi-static and high-strain rate mechanical properties of tungsten, refractory metals, and hardmaterials with particular emphasis on developing those properties for specific applications is within the scope of the meeting. Many refractory alloys and hardmaterials find use in ordinance applications and mechanical behaviors, including deformation and failure at high-strain rates is of interest.