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Magnesium Technology 2001 : Proceedings of the Symposium
by John N. Hryn (Editor)

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Hardcover (February 2001)
Times of Acadiana Pr Inc; ISBN: 087339481X
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The 46 papers from the February 2001 symposium document recent advances in the production and processing of magnesium, the lightest of the structural metals. The authors investigate magnesium reduction, refining and recycling, casting and solidification, alloy solidification, alloy development, physical development, forming, and corrosion. Topics include producing magnesium for use in the titanium manufacturing process, hydrofluorocarbons as a replacement for sulfur hexafluoride, mathematical modeling of the magnesium refining furnace, magnesium alloy sheet produced by twin roll casting, development of creep resistant Mg-Al-Sr alloys, and the interaction between microstructure and corrosion initiation. No subject index.

From Fathi Habashi, Laval University, Quebec City, Canada. Fathi.Habashi@gmn.ulaval.ca

This book was dedicated to the memory of Lloyd M. Pidgeon (1903-1999) from the University of Toronto in Canada who was instrumental in developing the thermal route for the production of magnesium.  It comprises 44 papers and 6 abstracts presented at a symposium held during the TMS Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana, February 11-15, 2001.  The book is introduced by Ruth Pidgeon Bryson, daughter of Lloyd Pidgeon, followed by a historical sketch about Pidgeon and the magnesium industry.

Of interest to extractive metallurgists are 15 papers covering the technology of extraction of magnesium and its casting.  The balance of the book is devoted to magnesium alloys and its physical metallurgy and corrosion.  It is a pity that a review paper on magnesium technology by R.E. Brown was published in EPD Congress 2001 although it could have fitted very well here in this symposium.

The book represents a new trend in magnesium literature, since, previously the few papers on magnesium were always part of Light Metals annual volumes published by TMS.  This shows how fast magnesium research is now advancing.  In addition to this conference, the International Magnesium Association in McLean, Virginia will hold a magnesium conference in May 20-22, 2001 in Brussels, Belgium.  Last year, there was another magnesium conference in Israel.  It is hoped that with these great efforts, magnesium will take the position it deserves among light metals as a material of construction.




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