||Metals powders have unique properties that make them useful for a wide range of applications, in which powder is either the final product or the feedstock. The production of powders from many metals is often non-trivial and/or energy/cost intensive. Furthermore, while being in powder form enables new processing techniques and material properties, it also presents new processing challenges in safety, purity, handling, flowability, etc. There is continual need for further understanding the underlying science of both synthesis and processing in order to improve optimization of the applications that utilize these materials. Furthermore, recent advances in related sciences and modeling capabilities have enabled new pathways and techniques to realize these goals.
This symposium will cover the fundamental aspects of metal powder synthesis and processing. Example topics include, but are not limited to, powder production, production of structural or functional materials from metal powder, unique properties of powders, purity, mixing/blending/dispersion, compaction, sintering, microstructural evolution and engineering, characterization of powder and/or bulk products made using powder feedstocks, qualification of powder/feedstock and/or bulk products, and embodied energy/cost. Presentations and posters on either modeling, experimental efforts, or a combined modeling and experimental approach are encouraged.