SMEA Annual Conference

Since 1992 the SMEA has held an annual conference; the last Conference was held in 2014. The aim of conference was to educate material scientists in advances in science and technology with an emphasis on those relevant to local industries. In recent years the conference has been held in early summer at Sheffield University and was coincident with the Association's Celebrity Lecture. To ensure that the correct balance was provided lectures are given by invited experts in the relevant fields. The conference lasted 1.5 days and extended abstracts were issued to participants. In the last few years an associated exhibition and has been successfully established. Details of previous conferences are given.

The 2014 conference was the 23rd and last in a series organised by the Sheffield Metallurgical and Engineering Association, and was titled Advances in Metals Manufacturing Tecnologies. Its aim was to explore recent advances in manufacturing technologies for a range of applications including Primary Manufacturing, Forming and Joining Processes, Near Net Shape Manufacture, and the development of High Value Manufacturing Technologies. There were  20 presentations from invited presenters from leading manufacturers, universities and Technology Centres.

The conference program is shown as a legacy

Dr Alan Partridge, Chief Project Engineer - Ultrafan, Rolls-Royce set the scene with his opening address on 'Future Aero-engine Design: Threats and Opportunities for the Supply Chain'.  Professor Keith Ridgway, Research Director, AMRC with Boeing  closed the event by introducing the cutting edge technology associated with the Development of AMRC Factory 2050.

On the evening of Tuesday 17 June, Dr Tim Bestwick, Executive Director, Science and Technology Facilities Council presented the SMEA Celebrity Lecture - Big Science & Innovation.




8.30  Registration and Coffee



Chairman: Paul Madin.  Technical Director Foundry, Sheffield Forgemasters Engineering.  President,

Sheffield Metallurgical and Engineering Association.

Opening Address Future Aero-engine Design: Threats and Opportunities for the Supply Chain.

Dr Alan Partridge.  Chief Project Engineer - Ultrafan, Rolls-Royce. 


Chairman: Bob Ruddlestone.  Manager Technical and European Affairs, UK Steel.


1  Hlsarna Ironmaking Process Development towards Demonstration Scale.

 Dr Tim Peeters.  Department Manager Ironmaking, IJmuiden Technology Centre, Tata Steel.


2  Developments in Continuous Casting of Steel and Aluminium. 

 Mick Steeper.  Manager Technology, Siemens Metals Technologies.


3  Advances in Understanding of Surface and Internal State Properties during Hot Forming.  

  Dr Didier Farrugia.  Research Fellow, Swinden Technology Centre, Tata Steel.

4  Current and Future Research at the Materials Processing Institute.

 Christopher McDonald.  Managing Director.  Materials Processing Institute.


12.30  Lunch 


Chairman:        Mick Steeper.  Manager Technology, Siemens Metals Technologies. 

1  Developments in Forming Technologies.

 Dr Michael Ward.  Technical Director, 

 Advanced Forming Research Centre, University of Strathclyde.

2  Forging and Forming at Sheffield Forgemasters.

 Dr Sinan Al-Bermani.  Development Engineer, RD26 Sheffield Forgemasters International.

3  Advances in Superplastic Forming for Gas Turbine Applications.

 Dr Steven Halliday. Partnership Manager - Rolls-Royce, 

 Advanced Forming Research Centre, University of Strathclyde.

4  Incremental Forming Techniques – Blacksmithing for the 21st Century.

 Professor Jeff Brooks.  School of Metallurgy and Materials.  University of Birmingham. 

15.15  Tea and Exhibition



Chairman: Andy Backhouse.  Technical Manager, Outokumpu Stainless Distribution.  

1  Deep Sea Dry Hyperbaric Welding.  

 Dr Supriyo Ganguly. 

 Welding Engineering and Laser Processing Centre, Cranfield University. 

2  Reduced Pressure Electron Beam Welding.

 Chris Punshon. Consultant, TWI Ltd.

3  Joining Systems for Aluminium Automotive Manufacture

 Dan Ford.  Manager Core Technology, BIW Complete Business Unit, Jaguar Land Rover.

4  Developments in the Friction Stir Welding of Steel.

 Stephen Cater.   Principal Project Leader,

 Joining Technology Group, TWI Technology Centre (Yorkshire).  

17.30       Close


17.45  Coach to University.

18.00  Interval Bar Open – Students Union - Level 2.



 Dr Tim Bestwick.  Executive Director, Science and Technology Facilities Council.

Followed by a Buffet Supper – Students Union Level 4.

21.15  Coach to Endcliffe Conference Centre.




Chairman: Dr Richard Thackray. 

Department of Materials Science and Engineering, The University of Sheffield.

1  Review of Near Net Shape Manufacturing Technologies.

 Professor Iain Todd.  Director- Mercury Centre.  University of Sheffield.


2  Innovation in Liquid Metal Engineering.

 Dr Bill Griffiths.  Senior Research Fellow.

 Interdisciplinary  Research Centre in Materials Processing. University of Birmingham.

3  Developments in Additive Layer Manufacturing Technology.

 Bob Bradley.  Head of Additive Manufacturing. GKN Aerospace. Filton,  Bristol. 

4  Exploiting the Design Freedoms and Constraints of Additive Manufacturing.

 Dr. David Brackett. Research Fellow,

 Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing Research Group, The University of Nottingham.

10.35        Coffee


Chairman: Dr Alan McLelland.

Project Director, Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre.


1  Productionisation of Low Carbon Vehicle Technologies – The Proving Factory.

 Mike Woodcock. Senior Project Engineer, Low Carbon Technologies, Tata Steel.


2  Manufacturing for the Future - Automation.

 Jeremy Hadall.  Technology Manager – Intelligent Automation,

 Manufacturing Technology Centre, Coventry.

3  Role of Modelling in Design and Manufacture.

 Professor Richard Dashwood.  Academic Director, Warwick Manufacturing Group. 

4  Developments in Manufacture of Functional Steel Products for Energy Efficient Buildings.

 Professor David Worsley. Research Director  

 Sustainable Product Engineering Centre for Innovative Coatings, University of Swansea.


Closing Address   Development of AMRC Factory 2050. 

Professor Keith Ridgway. 

Research Director, Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre with Boeing.


13.20  Close Conference

13.25        Lunch 



As last year, the Conference will be held at The University of Sheffield, The Edge, 34 Endcliffe Crescent, Sheffield S10 3ED  [telephone +44 (0)114 222 8800]. This is a new complex providing student accommodation, catering and conference facilities within The Endcliffe Village.  Delegates should check-in and register at the main building (The Edge), which houses administration, conference and catering facilities – the main entrance is at the right hand side, directly facing the car park .


The Endcliffe Village is approximately 2.5 miles from Sheffield Midland Mainline Railway Station and is located in the west of  Sheffield, near Broomhill.  There are good parking facilities but it is essential to obtain a Parking Pass on arrival.

From the M1 motorway (exit 33) follow the City Centre signs along the dual carriageway A630/A57/A61 Parkway. Shortly after entering the 40mph zone, turn right onto the Ring Road at junction 1 - Cutler's Gate. Continue along the Ring Road following signs for "University of Sheffield", "Barnsley A61" and later "Glossop A57", through junctions 10, 9 and 8.  At junction 7 - Shalesmoor - turn left and continue uphill along the Ring Road, still following signs for "University of Sheffield" and "Glossop A57".  Continue along Netherthorpe Road to the next roundabout - junction 6 - University Square - third exit for Western Bank (main University Buildings) - continue on the A57 for approximately 0.6 miles to Fulwood Road (Broomhill).  Instead of taking the right fork (A57 Glossop/Manchester) stay on Fulwood Road.  Take the second left turn after the traffic lights onto Endcliffe Crescent, past Birkdale School to the University of Sheffield, Endcliffe Village, The Edge is on your right.

Note: due to recent road developments satnav information may be incorrect for the Ring Road.  Visit , useful links; visitors; maps & travel advice and download the Central Sheffield Map. 



Accommodation is in the newly completed Endcliffe Village, single student rooms with en-suite WC and shower and coffee/tea making facilities available with full English Breakfast at £46.00 + VAT.  It is expected that most delegates will require accommodation on Tuesday 17th June.  However accommodation is also available on Monday 16th June and Wednesday 18th June – please indicate your requirements on the registration form. There will be coach transfers to The Auditorium for those attending the Celebrity Lecture.


CELEBRITY LECTURE – Tuesday 17th June


Dr Tim Bestwick, Executive Director, Science and Technologies Facilities Council will present the SMEA Celebrity Lecture  Big Science & Innovation at 7.00 pm on the 17th June in The Auditorium, Students Union, University of Sheffield.  He will provide an overview of the large-scale research facilities in the UK and CERN, including lasers, accelerators, neutron and light sources, super computers and how they are developed and applied to a range of applications. The Interval Bar, in University Students Union, Level 2 will be open at 5.45 pm.  Following the lecture there will be a Buffet Supper.  There is no charge for the evening, but it is essential that you reserve a place.  Please indicate your requirements on the Registration Form.   You may bring a guest.



Early Registration is essential, as there is a limited number of places.

The fee for the conference is £200.00 + VAT and includes morning coffee, lunch and afternoon tea.  Delegates will receive an authors’ summary of the papers.  If you are unable to attend both days or have a specific interest, you can register for one day at £140.00 + VAT. There is a special delegate rate of £140.00 + VAT for students in full time education. 

PLEASE NOTE:  to minimise administration costs, your registration will not be acknowledged unless specifically requested.  All information and documentation at the Registration Desk.



There will be a small exhibition for producers, plant and equipment manufacturers and companies providing services.  The exhibition will be next to the Conference Room and Bar/Coffee Lounge.  Time has been allocated on the Tuesday afternoon to ensure that delegates have opportunity to view exhibits in detail. Areas of approximately 6 sq.metres (10 x 6 feet) are available at £400 + VAT.   Tables, chairs and mains electricity are provided.   Please let us know your requirements as soon as possible. 



Please complete the enclosed registration form and return it with a cheque (drawn on a UK bank) for the correct amount, payable to SMEA Events Limited.  Tax invoices quoting SMEA Events Limited VAT Registration No. 600 2323 15 will be issued on request.  If you pay via a non-UK bank, there is an additional fee of £10.00 to cover bank clearance charges.

Payment may be made by direct bank transfer to the account of SMEA Events Limited at HSBC Bank, Fargate, Sheffield.  Sort Code 40-41-13.  Account No: 61622617. Overseas remittances should be made to International Bank Account:  GB84MIDL40411361622617 Bank Identifier: MIDLGB2113C  – please ensure that transaction charges are to your account.  

Please e-mail or fax a copy of the transaction document.




Payment must be received by the date of the Conference, otherwise admittance cannot be granted.  Individuals and companies are responsible for the safety of personal belongings and exhibition material and are advised that they should be suitably insured.  In the event of cancellation of registration on or before Monday 9th June 2014, fees will be refunded in full.  It is regretted that after the 9th June, there will be no refunds, but a company may arrange for an alternative person to attend.

The Closing Date for registration is Monday 9 June 2014


For further information please contact Dr Ken Ridal

Tel No:  0114 230 5650    Fax:  0114 263 0204    E-mail: