Award winners 2003
The recipients of the Institute's 2003 Medals and Prizes are listed below.
Bessemer Gold Medal
The Institute’s Premier award, the Bessemer Gold Medal for outstanding services to the steel industry, is awarded to Mr Jean-Pierre Birat, Scientific & Technical Director of IRSID, France. Mr Birat has gained an international reputation for his work on twin roll strip casting, on scrap recycling and on environmentally friendly steel making. He spent his career in IRSID, a well-known French steel making institute. He carried out much significant work on solidification in order to solve the very difficult problems raised by the twin roll strip casting technology. This included a careful study of the solidifying shell in this complex situation. He also managed to participate actively in the launch of the industrial project.
Mr Birat then managed a very important European project on steel recycling. Thanks to this, important improvements in scrap quality have been achieved. At the same time, he actively participated in the Japanese Shinseiko project developing a new efficient melting technology for scrap. More recently, he turned his attention to environmental issues. This includes some important work on Dioxin formation in the sintering line, dust and dioxin in the electric arc furnace and ways and means of drastically reducing the CO2 emissions in the steel industry. Mr Birat has the ability to deliver enlightening talks on these very complex subjects, and has given many invited lectures all around the world. He has also published a large number of papers and is an important member of the IISI technical and environmental committees.
Professor William Bonfield of the University of Cambridge is a most appropriate recipient for the inaugural Chapman Medal, presented for distinguished research in the field of biomaterials. His work on many topics, notably on the deformation and fracture of bone, is authoritative and world-leading. Of importance, given the focus for the Chapman Medal on biomaterials innovation, is Professor Bonfield's development of the bone analogue HAPEXTM. This has greatly benefited patients, particularly as a middle ear implant. As founder of ApaTech Limited (developer of controlled-porosity calcium phosphates as bone-graft substitutes), Professor Bonfield has contributed to the development of this new industry.
He has helped shape the field of biomaterials, not only through his own extensive work, but as Director (1991-99) of the University of London Interdisciplinary Research Centre in Biomedical Materials, and also through his editorial activities, most notably founding and editing Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Medicine. Professor Bonfield is Professor of Medical Materials in the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, University of Cambridge and established the Cambridge Centre for Medical Materials as a focus for interdisciplinary research in biomaterials and tissue engineering. He leads a large research team which is notable for this interdisciplinary approach including in-depth collaboration with clinical practitioners.
IOM Gold Medal
Professor Derek Fray of the University of Cambridge receives the IoM Gold Medal for significant contributions to the industrial application of materials. Professor Fray is a world leader in the field of extractive metallurgy and materials chemistry both from the viewpoint of his academic research and for its innovation and industrial application. Many of his publications have also been patented and these include processes and devices for refining of metals, reduction of metal oxides and for on-line analysis. Many of these inventions have created immense interest and are being commercialised throughout the world. These include a very elegant method for the reduction of metal oxides by making the oxide the cathode in a bath of molten salt and removing the oxygen. This has led to the formation of two companies in the UK, British Titanium plc and FFC Ltd. Other inventions that have led to the creation of companies in the UK include on-line sensors for elements dissolved in metals (Ion Science Ltd and EMC Ltd). Professor Fray is the founder of all these companies.
Other companies have been created in the USA and Germany. His research has led to a significant number of prestigious international awards and honours and he has been able to combine a very successful academic career with considerable skills in transferring academic research to spin-off companies, thereby creating wealth and employment in the UK.
Griffith Medal and Prize
Professor Roger Whatmore of Cranfield University receives the Griffith Medal and Prize for 2003 in recognition of distinguished work in materials science. Professor Whatmore's career has spanned over 25 years in both industry and academia in the study and exploitation of ferroelectric and other polar materials in electronic devices and sub-systems. His work has led directly to a number of new materials that have been exploited in a wide range of electronic devices. Some of the more notable successes include lithium tetraborate, a piezoelectric single crystal material for surface acoustic wave devices that combines excellent coupling with temperature compensated behaviour, a range of world-leading pyroelectric ceramics that have been successfully exploited in uncooled infra-red detection and thermal imaging systems and piezoelectric composite materials that were successful exploited in underwater sonar.
One of his major interests has been to address the processing problems involved in taking these oxide materials through to successful applications in microsystems and nanotechnology and to this end he has recently produced a number of successes on the low temperature fabrication of ferroelectric thin and thick films on silicon device substrates which has led to novel device demonstrators, include RF filters for mobile telecoms applications and hybrid ferroelectric thin film/liquid crystal devices. These successes have been achieved throughout by a close study of the relationships between structure, processing and exploitable properties.
Professor Malcolm McLean of Imperial College, London, receives the Platinum Medal. Professor McLean has made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of materials science and engineering through his activities as an internationally renowned expert in the processing and properties of high temperature materials and through his wide ranging service to the Institute. He has published over 200 articles including papers and contribution to books relating to the energetics and kinetics of interfaces, high temperature materials, and the behaviour of engineering alloys under service conditions. In recognition of his achievements he has recently been elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.
Professor McLean has been very actively involved over the past fifteen years with the promotion of the subject of materials science and engineering. From 1991 to 1995 he acted as a committee member and then chairman of the London Materials Society. In addition he has served on a number of Institute committees including chairing the Accreditation, Metal Science and Books Committees and serving on the High Temperature Materials and Finance Committees. Besides his Institute activities he was instrumental in forming the Standing Conference of UK Heads of Materials Departments and has taken every opportunity to promote the subject at national and international level.
Dowding Medal & Prize
Dr M C Pope, Technology Manager Metallurgical Services, Corus, receives the Dowding Medal and Prize in recognition of a major contribution to the development of metallurgical plant. Dr Pope graduated with a PhD in Metallurgy from Sheffield University in 1974 and joined British Steel. He held positions within R&D and on the Works during his early career. In these positions, Dr Pope led the development of new processes for the manufacture of pipe-plate steels, which demanded very low sulphur, phosphorus and nitrogen levels coupled with inclusion modification, with great success. In parallel with this work, he also implemented on-line models for BOS Blowing, vastly improving achievement of desired temperatures and compositions.
Dr Pope was appointed Technical Manager, Steelmaking, at Scunthorpe in 1987. He successfully transferred manufacture of demanding tyre cord and free-cutting products from the ingot to continuously cast process, and led the technical justification and installation of the first ladle furnace at that site. Both these key developments contributed enormously to improved quality products. In addition, he developed successful processes to permit the use of lower silicon iron in the BOS Process, vastly reducing overall production costs.
Dr Pope was appointed as Technical Manager Plates in 1992, where he developed successful TMCR processes for manufacture of new products that expanded the offered product range, overcoming numerous technical difficulties. He is a Professional Member of the Institute and an active Council Member, and past Secretary, of the Lincolnshire Iron and Steel Institute.
Grunfeld Medal & Prize
Dr Philip Prangnell of the Manchester Materials Science Centre receives the Grunfeld Medal and Prize. Dr Prangnell is a young Physical Metallurgist, recently appointed a Reader, who over the past few years has carried out outstanding research on the processing and properties of sub-micron-grained alloys of aluminium and steels by severe deformation methods. He has become a world leader in this area, and the quality of his work is in advance of that of larger and better funded research groups in the USA and Japan.
In particular he has designed and built sophisticated equipment for equal channel angular extrusion (ECAE), analysed the complex deformation paths, and applied new methods of high resolution EBSD to characterise the materials in great detail. Conventional low strength aluminium alloys processed to grain sizes od ~0.25 µm by ECAE have been shown to have strengths exceeding those of high strength aerospace alloys, together with good toughness. This type of processing, if developed further, would be capable of producing reasonable quantities of alloy for structural applications, unlike other methods of making ultra-fine-grain or nanostructured material. The prospect of controlling the properties of an industrial alloy solely by thermomechanical processing rather than by alloying is very exciting and would have significant economic and environmental benefits.
In recent years Dr Prangnell has made an important contribution to the welding and processing of Al-airframe alloys. This is a commercially important research topic aimed at reducing the cost of manufacturing civilian aircraft and has been heavily supported by Airbus UK. A notable achievement is that, by using a combination of thermodynamic modelling and experimental work, Philip's group has been successful in developing novel filler materials that greatly improve the weldability and properties of fusion welds in aerospace alloys that were previously considered unweldable.
Hadfield Medal & Prize
Mr Richard Welburn, Manager, Technical & European Affairs, receives the Hadfield Medal and Prize in recognition of distinguished achievement in relation to metallurgical process and product development. Mr Welburn has made major contributions to the development of the special engineering steels industry particularly in South Yorkshire and is regarded as a world expert on the continuous casting of steel. He has a broad knowledge of the processing and product applications of special engineering steels. In the 1970s he was a prime mover in the evaluation of continuously cast carbon and alloy steels which resulted in the installation of the 6 strand billet caster at Templeborough and the 4 strand vertical caster for rounds and squares at Stocksbridge Works of British Steel.
As Chief Metallurgist for Rotherham Works of British Steel and then Technical Director for the Special Steel Division of United Engineering Steels, Mr Welburn had wide involvement in the supply of steels to the automotive, aerospace, bearings, energy and general engineering industries. He took particular interest in the supply of free machining and bright drawing steels to the North American market. He was instrumental in the decision to install bloom casters at Aldwarke in an adventurous development to move from ingot casting to 100% continuous casting in one year. These casters were, and remain, two of the largest bloom casters in the world.
In 1991 Mr Welburn moved to Davy International where he was involved with technological developments in continuous casting of Steel. In 1995 he was appointed Managing Director of Conroll, the joint venture company formed with VAI to market novel thin slab casting technology, that was based in Linz. Returning to Rotherham in 1996 he was first Business Development Manager and then Director Logistics and Business Development for British Steel Engineering Steels. In 2001 he took the opportunity to build on his extensive European contact by taking the job of Foreign Affairs Manager UK Steel Association and has recently been involved with European Directives that relate to end of life vehicles, packaging and waste electrical goods. His inquisitive personality and good humour remain infectious as ever. Richard Welburn is a recognised expert on the processing and use of engineering steels, whose advice is regularly sought by people in the industry.
Mr W Roberts, retired from Ceram Research, receives the Holland Award in recognition of his meritorious service in the traditional ceramics industry. Mr Roberts joined the Whitewares Division of CERAM in 1949. A distinguished career in delivering and managing applied R&D projects culminated in his assuming the leadership of the Whitewares Division at CERAM in 1985. Although involved in R&D across the entire whitewares sector, Mr Roberts is perhaps best remembered for his contributions to the field of glaze and decoration. He undertook important work both in controlling lead and cadmium release from tableware and developing unleaded glazes/decoration. A further example of his work was the development of the "total transfer" decoration process for which CERAM research received the Queens Award for Technological Achievement in 1987.
Mr Roberts served on the Whitewares Committee of the Institute of Ceramics, playing a valuable role in defining topics and recruiting speakers for institute seminars. He also served as Honorary Secretary to the Committee for a number of years. His contribution to the industry was recognised with the award of an MBE in 1991. He retired from CERAM Research in 1992.
Professor Christopher Rudd of the School of Mechanical, Materials, Manufacturing Engineering & Management, University of Nottingham, receives the Holliday Prize in recognition of significant contributions to the field of composite materials. Professor Rudd worked for GKN Technology following his first professional post as a Marine Engineer. He then joined academia, starting as a Research Assistant in Professor Owen's research group at Nottingham University in 1986. His extensive contribution to the field of composites, dates from that time and is on-going. It took him only twelve years to rise from R.A. to the post of Professor at Nottingham and the substantial group of workers which he has established now comprise five other academic, 20 researchers and four members of technical staff. It is currently the largest university research group in the UK working solely on composite materials.
Professor Rudd has made many high quality contributions to processing science and has won several awards for his published work. His research on resin transfer moulding is outstanding and under his leadership the group at Nottingham has been pivotal in advancing this process from a poorly understood specialist technology to one that is now widely used for composite mass production. Excellent simulation packages are now available to assist tool design and process cycle optimisation. Another more recent area is the difficult science of three-dimensional draping of fabrics where Professor Rudd has made a very important contribution. Proper mathematical understanding of the forming and draping processes is essential, both to design of composite parts and to manufacturing processes involving high strength woven composites. In addition he has done outstanding work on thermoplastic matrix composites. Professor Rudd has also promoted the use of composite materials in a broader sense, most especially by the automotive industry through his work with Ford and other companies as well as through his service on important national policy-forming bodies, such as the DTI Foresight and Link.
Hume Rothery Prize
Professor A D Pelton of the École Polytechnique, University of Montreal, receives the Hume Rothery Prize for distinguished achievements concerned with phase relationships. Professor Pelton, throughout his long career at the École Polytechnique at the University of Montreal, has been pre-eminent in phase diagrams for metallurgical systems as indicated by the number of awards he has received and papers published in major scientific journals. He has contributed extensively to the critical evaluation of binary alloy phase diagrams through the ASM phase diagram programme and many of the phase diagrams in the standard compilation edited by Massalski are as a result of his painstaking work.
Professor Pelton has been one of the pioneers in the calculation of phase equilibria from critically assessed thermodynamic data, having been active in the CALPHAD organisation since its inception in 1973. He was the organiser of the 1980 CALPHAD conference and will also organise once again this year's meeting in Quebec. He has been heavily involved in the development of the FACT and FactSage systems used extensively by industry for modelling of industrial processes from thermodynamic data. His interests in materials have largely centred on oxides and salts where he has developed and promoted the use of a quasichemical model for representing the thermodynamic properties of multicomponent liquids.
Professor I R Harris, School of Engineering, University of Birmingham, receives the Jenkins Award for significant contributions in enhancing the understanding of particulate materials. Professor Harris has made a very significant contribution to the science, engineering and technology of the processing of particulate materials, especially rare earth magnets. During the last 30 years he has carried out pioneering research into novel processing and alloy development of rare earth permanent magnets. In particular he has pioneered the use of hydriogen both in the production and characterisation of rare earth-transition metal magnets. This led to a major development of an industrial process known as the Hydrogen Decrepitation (HD) route to manufacture NdFeB-type magnets in collaboration with Philips Components Southport. The vast majority of NdFeB-type magnets are now manufactured by the HD-process and it has been estimated that reductions in the processing costs of up to 25% can be achieved using this procedure. Recently, Professor Harris has initiated a major research programme funded by the EC to explore the use of hydrogen in the transport of energy from renewable sources to the end application.
Throughout his research the sheer scientific quality of Professor Harris's work is evident from over 475 scientific publications on structure and constitution of solid solution alloys and intermetallic compounds, physical properties of intermetallics, hydrogen interactions and permanent magnets. His academic achievements have been recognised through the awarding of Fellowship of the royal Academy of Engineering, Fellow of the Institute of Materials and Marie Curie Individual Fellowship. Furthermore, Professor Harris has been very active in shaping the materials research strategies and directions on both national and international levels. For example, he was the mission leader of OSTEM to USA to study the magnet industries, member of Technology Foresight Panel and member of Foresight Interpanel Meeting on Global Environmental Change Research Priorities, member of British Council sponsored Science Mission from UK to Japan. Professor Harris has made significant contributions which have enhanced the scientific, industrial and technological understanding of processing and characterisation of particulate materials.
Kroll Medal & Prize
Professor J H Sharp of the University of Sheffield receives the Kroll Medal and Prize for significant contributions in enhancing the scientific understanding of materials chemistry. Professor Sharp has a distinguished international reputation for his work on the chemistry of cements and related materials; this has resulted in more than 140 publications in high quality journals and he continues to have a very high rate of productivity. His most recent work has been concerned with the problems of durability of concrete and particular the phenomena known as delayed ettringite formation and sulphate attack leading to thaumasite formation. Professor Sharp has made many novel contributions to thermal analysis of cement-related materials, including recent work on high temperature isothermal conduction calorimetry. He has carried out pioneering work on the kinetics and mechanisms of solid-state reactions and transformation and his early review paper with Brindley remains a classic in the field.
Professor Sharp's academic work on cements, carried out largely at the University of Sheffield has been complemented by interactions with industry and service to the community through various Institute committees where he has recently been Chairman of the Ceramics Industry Division. His status as a senior international authority was recognised by his appointment to the HEFCE Research Assessment Panel for the Metallurgy and Materials subject area. Professor Sharp has had a steady stream of research funding awards, together with a large number of PhD students from overseas. Most recently he was instrumental in the University of Sheffield being awarded the BNFL partnership grant to establish the Centre for Waste Immobilisation Technology and for which Professor Sharp's work on cements forms one of the central themes of the new centre.
Professor Sharp has also excelled as ambassador for the Ceramics Division and the Institute abroad, particularly in Eastern Europe where he has contributed enormously in engaging the interest of leading researchers, with the result that Cement and Concrete Group meetings enjoy a high proportion of overseas delegates who have subsequently become members of the Institute.
Rosenhain Medal & Prize
Professor W M Rainforth of the University of Sheffield receives the Rosenhain Medal and Prize for distinguished achievement in materials science. Professor Rainforth has an international reputation as an outstanding researcher, recognised by promotion to a Personal Chair at the age of 39 within ten years of completing his PhD. His work has resulted in 166 refereed publications (many in the top journals e.g. Acta Mater etc), and he edits the RMS Handbook series. His 580 page book Ceramic Microstructures (co-author Professor W E Lee) is internationally established as the authoritative text on the subject. He is particularly known for his work in tribology and surface specific structures shown, for example, by invited papers in special editions of the journals Wear and Tribology International and keynote lectures at international conferences throughout the world. Of particular note was the recent invited lecture at the Tribology Gordon Conference (2000), in many ways the most prestigious of the international conferences. He has been invited to deliver the Royal Microscopical Society's 2003 Materials Lecture.
Professor Rainforth's work has attracted substantial grant income. He will shortly take over as Director of IMMPETUS, the Interdisciplinary Research Centre for Thermomechanical Processing at Sheffield and was one of three Co-Directors of IMMPETUS that led the successful £4 m EPSRC grant for an Innovative Manufacturing Research Centre. His work is directed to the needs of industry, as shown by his collaboration with 16 major UK, Europe, and US companies. He has served on a total of seven national committees spanning the Institute, the IoP and the RMS.
Thomas Medal & Prize
Mr M Cristinacce, retired, formerly with Corus, receives the Thomas Medal and Prize in recognition of contributions to the production of ferrous alloys. Mr Cristinacce has made a major contribution to the development of special engineering steels for the automotive sector. He has an international reputation in an area where weight considerations and cost-down initiatives have required modified and improved steels for power train, suspension, steering and bearing applications. His background in the Metallurgical Development area at British Steel Special Steels gave him a wide breadth of special steel knowledge. Initially this was on the Railway Materials side at Templeborough but a move to Stocksbridge saw him become involved in special alloy steel applications. This included continuous casting of special steels for diverse applications and the development of ESR and VAR materials for the aerospace market. He was also involved in the development of special stainless steels for tube making and down-hole applications in the oil industry including the development of a non-magnetic drill collar.
During the 1980s Mr Cristanacce concentrated on automotive applications and in 1993 he headed up a specialist group developing improved steels particularly for the automotive power train. He liased with a large number of major automotive OEM’s and the supply chains that supplied them including hot forgers, cold forgers, machinists and assembly manufacturers. He particularly enjoyed his technical initiatives with the Japanese automotive manufacturers located in the UK. A significant area of expertise was in improved gear steels, where as well as working with specific customers, a close association was developed with the British Gear Association and Newcastle University. Mike chaired the BGA Materials Group. This involvement with gear steels led to a thorough knowledge of hardenability and how to optimise steel chemistry at minimum cost. Models to predict hardenability from chemical analysis were developed to replace Jominy testing. This work on gears also gave a thorough understanding of the factors that influenced component distortion.
Mr Cristanacce work in Product Technology required close involvement with British Steel R&D at Swinden Laboratories and was responsible for identifying the R&D work programme on automotive steels. A significant development saw the introduction of fracture splitting during the production of automotive connecting rods. Mike was at the forefront of the development of a forged steel conrod that had high strength and good machinability and was patented under the trade name Fractim.
At the turn of the century Mr Cristanacce was responsible for all the Product Technology activity at what was to become Corus Engineering Steels. This involved a wide range of applications including aerospace, automotive, bearings, energy, oil and gas and machining. Whilst primarily seen as a world expert on special engineering steels for the automotive industry he has a wide knowledge of many special steel applications.
Verulam Medal & Prize
Dr A Boccaccini of Imperial College receives the Verulam Medal and Prize for distinguished contributions to ceramics. Dr Aldo Boccaccini has an enviable international reputation for his contribution to the field of ceramic materials. He has a keen interest in the development of glasses, ceramics and glass-ceramic composites and has specialised in the study of processing-microstructure-property relationships. An example of this would be his incisive study of sintering and controlled porosity and its effects upon the mechanical properties of the resultant materials.
His interest in ceramics is very wide ranging and he has made significant contributions to areas of both traditional and advanced ceramics, including the use of recycled materials for the fabrication of useful glass-ceramics. More recently he has been developing new areas of research, particularly the electrophoretic deposition of oxide materials where he is now regarded as one of the leaders in the field, and he is also developing an interest in the use of ceramic materials as scaffolds for use in the rapidly developing area of tissue engineering.
Prain Medal & Prize
The Copper Development Association has recommended Mr J R Halliday of Meighs Limited for the Prain Medal for his considerable ability as a businessman in enabling the continuing production of copper alloys in the UK for use in major industries worldwide. During the course of his career, he has overseen the rejuvenation and return to profitability of several copper alloy production facilities, including BICC Prescott, Brookside Metals, Birckett Y-Col, Mieghs of Cheltenham and Langley Alloys. Without the vision and persistence of John Halliday in furthering these companies, the UK would be in a very weak position regarding the supply of high quality copper alloys necessary to equip its defence industry. Mr Halliday has also facilitated the development of new casting techniques to produce nickel aluminium bronze castings of large complex shapes which are free from the requirement for weld repair. This has led to the successful production of naval components which have a much longer service life, resulting in considerable financial benefit to the UK and ensuring that copper alloys will be used for these applications well into the future.
Mr Halliday has also made considerable contributions to the UK Foundry Industry through his involvement in bringing together the disparate Foundry and Ingot Manufacturers Association into larger and more influential Metals Federations.
Dr M Jackson Imperial College receives the Titanium Prize for his work on the microstructural evolution of titanium alloys during isothermal subtransus forging. Martin Jackson has developed a novel finite element modelling route for the prediction of microstructure during the isothermal forging of titanium alloys. In studies for his PhD, he has combined computer modelling with an innovative test procedure, using a double truncated conical specimen, to validate the output of the computer models. Using this highly original procedure he has successfully predicted the detailed microstructural evolution of several commercially important titanium alloys.
T B Marsden Award
Dr P McIntyre, Consultant and Scientific Secretary to European Federation of Corrosion, receives the TB Marsden Award in recognition of services to the profession. Dr McIntyre graduated from the University of Newcastle in 1970 with the 1st class BSc and PhD in metallurgy. He has spent much of his career in industry where he was a pioneer in applying fracture mechanics to hydrogen embrittlement and crack growth, authoring 180 reports and papers.
Dr McIntyre's real achievements, however, lie in his long professional involvement in materials standards and education. He has over a quarter century of participation with BSI and ISO committees (including chairmanships). He has worked on many materials testing standards, and is a principal author of ISO 7539 and 11782 on stress corrosion cracking and corrosion fatigue. According to the current chair of ISO TC 156 Dr McIntyre has "provided more input to the development of ISO standards in corrosion than any other individual". Paul advises the Institute on corrosion matters, has been a member of the Corrosion Committee for many years (including chairmanship), is editor of Corrosion Engineering, Science and Technology (formerly British Corrosion Journal) and also represents Institute interests in the European Federation of Corrosion for which he is Technical Secretary, and the DTI. He is involved in corrosion education, lecturing at many institutions, as well as participating in the steering committees for MSc courses at UMIST and Imperial College. Paul's entire career has been devoted to promoting professionalism in his field.
Guy Bengough Award
For a paper making outstanding contributions to the subject of corrosion and degradation and their control goes to Dr A Iversen of Avesta R & D Centre, for the two part paper “Microbially influenced corrosion on stainless steels in waste water treatment plants”, British Corrosion Journal, Volume 36 (2001) No. 4, pp. 277-283 (Part 1) and 284-291 (Part 2).
The Composites Award
For published work of particular merit in the field of composites goes to Dr J J Crookston, Dr A C Long, and Dr I A Jones of the School of Mechanical, Materials, Manufacturing Engineering & Management, University of Nottingham, for the paper “Modelling effects of reinforcement deformation during manufacture on elastic properties of textiles composites”, Plastics Rubber & Composites 31, 2 (2002)58-65
The Cook/Ablett Award
For published work of particular merit in the field of metals goes to Dr Z Fan, Wolfson Centre for Materials Processing, Brunel University, and Dr J Y Chen, Department of Physics, Shenyang Normal University, for the paper “Modelling of Rheological Behaviour of Semisolid Metal Slurries. Part 1 – Theory; Part 2 – Steady State Behaviour; Part 3 – Transient State Behaviour; and Part 4 – Effects of Particle Morphology”, Materials Science and Technology , 18, 2002, 237-267.
The Williams Prize
For a paper of particular merit concerned with the manufacture of iron and steel goes to Dr J Tenner of Cardionetics Ltd, Professor D A Linkens, Dept of Automatic Control & Systems Engineering, University of Sheffield, Dr P F Morris, Corus Research, and Mr T J Bailey Corus Engineering Steels, for the paper “Prediction of Mechanical Properties in Steel Heat Treatment Process using Neural Networks”, Ironmaking & Steelmaking, 2001, Vol 28, No. 1, 15-22.
The Charles Hatchett Award
Dr P Uranga, Dr A I Fernandez, Dr B Lopez, and Professor J M Rodriguez-Ibabe of CEIT, University of Navarra, for the paper “Improvement of Microstructural Homogeneity in Thermomechanical Processed Nb Steels by Thin Slab Casting”, 43rd MWSP Conference Proceedings, ISS 39, 511-529, 2001.
The Vanadium Award
For the most outstanding paper in the metallurgy of vanadium and its alloys goes to Professor K He and Professor D V Edmonds, Department of Materials, University of Leeds, for their paper “Formation of acicular ferrite and influence of vanadium alloying”, Materials Science and Technology, March 2002, Vol 18, 289–296.
The majority of the Institute’s awards will be presented at the Awards Dinner to be held at the Institute’s headquarters in Carlton House Terrace on the evening of 10 June. The Ceramics awards (Holland and Verulam) were presented earlier in the year at the Ceramics Convention, and the Steel awards (Dowding, Hadfield, Thomas and Williams) will be presented at the Bessemer Lecture on 30 September.