Workshop on computational thermodynamics and kinetics

The mineAlloy training centre hosted a workshop on ThermoCalc/Dictra software for modelling computational thermodynamics and kinetics. These software packages are very useful tools to understand the effects of chemical composition and heat treatment on the microstructure and performance of different alloys, particularly steels and cast irons.

The workshop was delivered by Prof Christopher Hutchinson and Mr Yuxiang Wu, from Monash University, and it counted with support from ThermoCalc, who made the software available for this workshop. More than 20 researchers (students and postdoctoral fellows) from the mineAlloy ITTC and Deakin University attended in person, but several researchers followed it online. The recording will be available on demand very shortly.

Vamshi joins the mineAlloy team at Deakin

Vamshi Chennuri has recently joined the mineAlloy team at Deakin University as a PhD student. His research project will focus on the development of nano-bainitic wear-resistant steels for mining applications.

Vamshi received his Master’s degree in Materials Science and Simulation from Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany. His Master’s dissertation was dedicated to the development of boron-alloyed tool steels for wear protection using thermodynamic calculations, multiphase-field simulations and experimental validation.

Roshan starts project on high entropy alloys

Roshan Sasi recently joined the mineAlloy team at IFM, Deakin University, as a PhD student. His project focuses on developing wear resistant composites with a High Entropy Alloy matrix through laser additive manufacturing. The project will also explore the possibility of using additive manufacturing to fabricate carbide-reinforced composites with a high work-hardening matrix, such as Hadfield steel.

Roshan obtained his Master’s degree in Manufacturing Engineering from the National Institute of Technology in Warangal, India. His Master’s project focused on laser surface texturing of cutting tools to improve their tribological performance. Before joining IFM, Roshan worked at Pfizer as Industrial Engineer for two years, and he lectured at the National Institute of Technology in Calicut, India, for one year.