||This symposium will build on the phenomenal success of the Bladesmithing competition held at the TMS2017 Annual Meeting & Exhibition and will serve as a bridge for bladesmithing engagement until the next Bladesmithing competition is conducted at TMS2019 in San Antonio, TX.
The Bladesmithing Symposium 2018 will take the form of a traditional symposium with technical presentations focusing on bladesmithing processes and procedures. This symposium provides an opportunity for students or student teams to present their work associated with, or inspired by, the 2017 Bladesmithing competition as well as for new entries from students, student teams, and seasoned bladesmithing TMS members. Participants may use any starting material, from commercial stock material to material smelted from ore. Students and student teams are required to have a faculty sponsor and are expected to observe all of their campus’ applicable policies. All work must be performed safely with elements of those safety procedures apparent in the presentation. Final presentations should provide information on the justification for choice of blade, any historical relevance, materials characterization, mechanical and thermal treatments, processing of ore, etc.
Presentations will take the form of conventional talks, although posters may be invited if the number of entries exceeds session capacity. Actual blades are not to be brought to the conference, but safe metallurgical samples are allowed and encouraged. Abstracts can be brief (at a minimum it must include a title, university, name(s) of team members, and blade material) and should be submitted by October 1, 2017.
A brief abstract explaining the historical background, blade material, processing steps involved and characterization performed on the blades should be included.
NOTE: The following information is required to complete this submission:
1. A title
2. An abstract and supporting information, including:
a. A brief abstract (maximum abstract length 150 words)
b. Name & email of the primary contact person (not a faculty advisor)
c. Names of other team members, if known
d. University affiliation