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Materials Frontier No.136

Title: Semi-Solid Processing of Metals 

Speaker: Dr P Kapranos,Senior University Teacher,Department of Materials Science and Engineering,University of Sheffield,UK 

Date/Time: 2014-05-14,14:00

Venue: Room.308,MaterialBuildingA

Inviter: Prof. Mingxu XIA


Dr. Kapranos is a Senior University Teacher and has been with the department since 1988 as a Senior Research Fellow on `The development of the Thixoforming process´. He has also worked on the `Development of Materials for Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion Systems – OTECS´ as well as `Ultrasonic Non-Destructive Testing of Austenitic Stainless Steel Welds´. As a Chartered Environmental Engineer, he is also involved both with the local branch of Engineers without Borders, the flagship of the Faculty, a week long undergraduate ‘Global Engineering Challenge’ as well as the teaching of ‘Environmental Aspects of Materials´.

He is involved in the teaching of ‘Personal & Professional Skills’, Distance Learning, research into `Innovative approaches in teaching and learning´ such as On-line assessment and feedback, Use of classroom electronic response systems, Active Learning, Problem Based Learning (PBL), and the teaching of `Creativity, Innovation, Enterprise and Ethics for Engineers´ both for UG & PG levels, where as part of their enterprise activities, UG students are involved in community based projects as well as raising substantial funds for their preferred charities worldwide.

 Research interests:

1.Semi-solid processing of alloys and composites 
2.Innovations in Teaching and Learning in engineering education

 Key publications:

1.DH Kirkwood, P Kapranos, KP Young, M Suery & HV Atkinson,’Semi-Solid Metal Processing’, Springer Series in Materials Science, 124, ISBN 978-3-642-00706-4, January 2010.
2.Kapranos & Brabazon (Ed.), Proceedings of 4th International Symposium for Engineering Education, ISEE 2012, The University of Sheffield, July 2012, UK, ISBN 978-1-873769-14-0
3.S. Janudom, J. Wannasin, P. Kapranos and S. Wisutmethangoon, ‘The Effect of Hot Tearing in Semi Solid Casting of Aluminum A201 Alloy’, Advanced Materials Research Vol. 739 (2013) pp. 190-195, (2013) Trans Tech Publications, Switzerland
4.R. Haghayeghi, P. Kapranos ‘Direct-chill casting of wrought Al alloy under electromagnetic and ultrasonic combined fields’, Journal of Materials Letters, Vol. 105, 2013, pp. 213–215
5.R. Haghayeghi, P. Kapranos and H. Bahai, ‘An investigation on physical and chemical refinement of aerospace aluminium alloys’, Materials Letters, Vol.95, 2013, pp. 121-124.
6.M.A.M. Arif, M.Z. Omar, N. Muhamad, J. Syarif and P. Kapranos, ‘Microstructural Evolution of Solid-Solution-Treated Zn-22Al in the Semisolid State’, J. Mater. Sci. Technol., 2013, 29(8), pp. 765-774

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