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EDU '18 Program

The EDU ’18 program is packed with practical, valuable information about aluminum extrusion design, processes and applications. Top-notch speakers from some of the most knowledgeable aluminum industry companies will share their expertise on a wide variety of topics. Check back often as program details unfold.

Sessions will be presented in four topic-specific tracks (click on the track name to jump to the sessions):

Automotive

Architecture/Building & Construction

Engineered Products/Industrial

Taste of ET


Automotive Track

Specifying & Achieving Desired Extrusion Performance for Automotive Extrusions
Mark Butterfield; V.P. Engineering & Manufacturing, Magnode Corporation

Since 2012, the usage of extruded aluminum shapes in North American light vehicles has grown by more than 50%, to over 25 pounds per vehicle. Today, aluminum extrusions can be found in applications as varied as crush cans, trim members, rocker sections and seat backs – each with a unique set of performance requirements. As automotive aluminum extrusion applications continue to grow, engineers seeking optimized performance are increasingly going beyond the “shorthand” of alloy and temper designation by specifying the desired microstructure for the final component. Mini cases will be used to illustrate successful application of microstructure specification.

Al-Mg-Si Alloys with Improved Crush Properties
Jostein Røyset, Hydro Aluminum R&D and Technology

Crush performance is a critical parameter in alloy selection for many extruded aluminum structural automotive components. In the event of a crash, such components are supposed to absorb large amounts of kinetic energy while retaining their structural integrity (i.e. not break into pieces). The common way of testing the deformation behavior is by applying a controlled load in the extrusion direction of profile samples until their length is reduced to typically 30-80% of the original length. Such tests are normally referred to as uniaxial crush tests. The degree of cracking of the profile in these crush-tests is a good indication on how the component will behave in an actual crash.

For soft Al-Mg-Si alloys with yield strength requirements of 180MPa (26 ksi) or below it is fairly easy to obtain good crush-properties, with ample degree of freedom for alloy composition and processing conditions. With increasing yield strength requirements it is getting increasingly difficult to obtain the desired crush-properties, and yield strength levels such as 240MPa (35 ksi) and above may require a carefully selected alloy as well as a rigid control of process parameters.

This session, first presented at the Ninth International Aluminum Extrusion Technology Seminar (ET ’08), summarizes a systematic approach for developing Al-Mg-Si alloys optimized for crush properties. The experimental work has been of an iterative character, and the experimental results are presented in terms of cases in order to substantiate the principal findings in the course of the investigation.

Anodizing for Automotive Applications
Representatives from Houghton International

Session details coming soon!

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Architecture Track

Aluminum Extrusion Anodizing for B&C Applications: What You Should Know; Eric Koger; Finishing Manager, Bonnell Aluminum

Session details coming soon!

Maintaining Finished Aluminum; Chris Incorvaia; Business Development Manager-Façade Restoration, Stuart Dean

Session details coming soon!

Architectural Applications for Liquid & Powder Fluoropolymer Paint; Scott Moffatt, Architectural Sales Manager-Building Products, PPG Industries

This course was developed so architects would understand the advantages and disadvantages of liquid and powder coating technologies for the architectural markets. Participants will learn about the markets, the different coating technologies, manufacturing processes and application methods. The main benefit of the course will be to aid architects in the coating selection process. This includes information on appearance, end use, cost and other factors.


Energy and Green Building Codes 101 – Aluminum Extrusions and Fenestration

Thomas Culp, Birchpoint Consulting

Building codes have been around since the Babylonian King Hammurabi in 1758 B.C., but the focus has always been fire, safety, and structure. It is only recently that codes related to energy efficiency and sustainability have gained such important attention and influence over the market. This presentation will give a “101” introduction to how energy and green building codes work, and how they impact aluminum extrusions in the B&C sector, including aluminum framed windows, sun shades, and PV panels. In addition, we will attempt to give a preview of where the codes are headed in the next 5+ years, and the impact on different technologies.

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Engineered Products/Industrial Track

Utilization of Aluminum Extrusion in LED Fixtures
David Lee, Almag Aluminum

Aluminum extrusions are present in a multitude of components that make up a light fixture in today’s lighting industry – and with very good reason. The recent advancement of extrusion technology, as well as the inherent properties of aluminum, make choosing aluminum extrusions as a light fixture component an easy choice. Aluminum has a high strength-to-weight ratio and great corrosion resistance, which make it great for light housings, as well as high thermal conductivity making it great for heatsinks. Aluminum extrusions are also soft enough to be formed prior to age hardening, yet hard enough to have good machinability afterwards. Knowing the limits of aluminum extrusions will help provide a better solution to light fixture designs.

Extrusion Design through Visual Applications
Rob Nelson, Almag Aluminum

Aluminum extrusions are used in all types of applications that support the Signage industry. Aluminum’s high strength to weight ratio and great corrosion resistance make it an optimal choice for frames and fixtures for visual displays. Whether the application is in an indoor retail space or harsh external environment Aluminum meets the challenge. In most cases the signage is not about the extrusion but about the advertisement and this presentation will explore fit form and function of a rapidly growing industry.

Specifiying Aluminum Extrusions: Understanding ASTM B221/B221 Standard
Greg Lea, Hydro Aluminum

ASTM B221 and B221M is a material specification standard for aluminum extruded bars, rods, wire, profiles and tubes. The requirements are in place to give the purchaser confidence that the product is produced to their expectations and are consistent with the same products regardless of the producer.

This presentation provides an overview of the ASTM B221/B221M standard and walks through pertinent sections of the standard to help the learner better understand the ordering process for aluminum extrusions when ordering to an ASTM standard, and what to expect from the manufacturer. Sections covered include Tensile Properties, Heat Treatment and Tempers, Chemistries, Dimensional Tolerances, Certifications, Quality and more.

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‘Taste of ET’ Track

The following award-winning papers, presented at ET ’16 -the Eleventh International Aluminum Extrusion Technology Seminar in May 2016, represent some of the best technology research and best practices that the aluminum extrusion industry is engaged in to stay ahead of the curve. These papers will be presented at EDU ’18. Session details coming soon!

A Novel Methodology for Optimization of Properties, Costs and Sustainability of Aluminum Extrusions; Richard Dickson, Director of Customer Training and Development, Hydro Aluminum

Hybrex® -An Innovative Extrusion Press with Hybrid Drive Technology; John Bergman, GM - Business & Product Developement , SMS Technical Services, LLC

Surface Topography of Aluminum Extrusions after Caustic and Acid Etching and Its Implications for Streaking Defects; Jerome Fourmann, Technical Director, Global Customer Support and Product Development, Rio Tinto Aluminium

Modeling the Effect of Mn on Extrudability, Mechanical Properties and Grain Structure of AA6082 Alloys; Richard Dickson, Director of Customer Training and Development, Hydro Aluminum

Advanced Aluminum Alloys Used in the Manufacture of Aluminum Extrusion Products; Pawel Kazanowski, Director of Research Development & Applications, Hydro Aluminum

Extrusions for Automotive Crash Applications; Jerome Fourmann, Technical Director, Global Customer Support and Product Development, Rio Tinto Aluminium

Innovations in Aluminum Billet Casting and Homogenization; Richard Dickson, Director of Customer Training and Development, Hydro Aluminum

 

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