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Metal Casting Technologies : March 2011
16 www.metals.rala.com.au Simulation technology avoids trial and error Simulation techniques can also help to save energy. The Aachen-based company MAGMA Gie ereitechnologie offers such software for simulating casting processes -- and is presenting itself as a participant in the ecoMetals initiative. "Simulation makes it possible to design the casting technology to achieve the best results, both technically and economically," says J rg Sturm, head of sales and engineering at Magma. "This cuts expenditure in two areas -- material input and smelting requirements." Materials research institutes get together in Thailand During November 2010 the National Metal and Materials Technology Center (MTEC) was the host for the 2nd Asia- Oceania Materials Research Institute Forum (WMRIF) at the Thailand Science Park near Bangkok. The delegates were executives from 11 leading material research institutes across 7 countries in the Asia-Oceania region, namely: ● Central Iron and Steel Research Institute (CISRI), China ● Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences (IMR-CAS), China ● National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI), India ● Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR), India ● National Research Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), Japan ● Korea Institute of Materials Science (KIMS), Korea ● Institute of Materials Research & Engineering (IMRE), Singapore ● Metal Industries Research & Development Centre (MIRDC), Taiwan ● Iron and Steel Institute of Thailand (ISIT), Thailand ● Metallurgy and Materials Science Research Institute (MMRI-CU), Thailand ● National Metal and Materials Technology Center (MTEC), Thailand The main focus of the WMRIF is to encourage international cooperation in materials research by bringing together research managers from the world's leading materials research institutes to exchange information on research priorities, management approaches and strategic directions. The Thailand meeting followed up on the progress of research collaboration in energy and environmental areas since the 1st Asia- Oceania WMRIF held in 2009. Following presentations by each institute the main discussion BRIEFINGS "Ms. Seetala Jamrerkjang, MTEC International Officer, helps Prof. Hui-Ming Cheng, Deputy Director from IMR-CAS China Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences to prepare his krathong". Dr. Dong Han, Vice President of CISRI, China Central Iron and Steel Research Institute, ready to honour the water spirits".