Materials Science & Technology committees
The Division has the following constituent committees reflecting the major objective of the Division, which is to facilitate the application of fundamental physical, chemical and engineering principles to the needs of industry across a broad sector range. This includes materials' production, processing, fabrication and end user industries.
The Advanced Sheet Metal Forming Committee provides a forum in the UK and abroad to promote the benefits of the superplastic forming process and associated technologies in a range of industries including aerospace, automotive, transport, architectural and medical. An important feature of this activity is to bring together design engineers, materials technologists and researchers to optimise all aspects of the process for the applications concerned. Furthermore, it promotes new technologies that interact with or enhance the process.
The function of the Bulk Metal Forming Committee is to promote the science, technology and practice of industrial-scale metal rolling, forging and extrusion, both ferrous and non-ferrous and in all geometries. The BMC is newly formed in order to extend the scope of its forerunner, the Rolling Committee.
A new committee providing a forum for the exchange of information, knowledge and state-of-the-art practice on all aspects of Defence, Safety and Security Materials.
The function of the HTMC is to benefit industry by the promotion of understanding of the behaviour of high temperature structural materials with a view to improving both their reliability and performance in service applications. The evaluation of microstructural changes occurring in service as well as environmental effects on materials properties and behaviour is an important aspect of this.
The aim of the Materials Chemistry Committee is to provide UK industry and research bodies with access to reliable and up-to-date information for phase equilibria and the thermodynamics for all classes of engineering materials. Such information plays a vital role in underpinning many spheres of materials science and technology. With this in mind the committee seeks to coordinate and monitor critical assessment and experimental work in various organisations and institutions in the UK, to avoid undue overlap of experimental studies and to encourage and nurture international co-operation on phase diagram knowledge.
The MFIG has been set up to provide a forum for the exchange of information, knowledge and state-of-the-art industrial practice on all aspects of Materials Failure Investigation. It will seek to improve the understanding, techniques and execution and to discover and qualify new techniques and technologies useful to this field of practice.
The PEC's aims include extending the awareness of particulate engineering among industry, academia and the wider technological community.
The Structure and Properties of Materials Committee covers a wide range of topics and areas in materials science and engineering. Its remit is to promote the study and understanding of the relationships between the microstructure and the properties of inorganic metallic and ceramic materials and minerals, both structural and functional. This includes the development of the tools and techniques for microstructural characterisation and property evaluation.