In manufacturing engineering, material processing involves a complex series of chemical, thermal and physical processes that transform a raw material into an end product. The purpose of material processing is to optimize the microstructures necessary for the product to perform well in its intended application. Changes in microstructure can be induced in almost all engineering metals and alloys in order to alter their properties (mechanical, electrical, thermal). Sometimes combinations of mechanical and thermal treatments are used (i.e. thermomechanical treatments) to introduce properties that cannot be achieved by other means. An understanding of the phase transformation in metallic alloy systems, dislocation arrangements and their interactions, grain boundary engineering and various metallurgical mechanisms is required in order to be able to infer the development of microstructures that occur during a process.
This talk presents some important aspects of understanding the relationship between process, microstructure and properties of engineering materials during manufacturing of components.
Ritwik Basu is a faculty member with the School of Metal Construction Skills at the Bhartiya Skill Development University, in India. He obtained his doctoral degree from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay in the field of Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science. He was a visiting researcher in Imperial College London, UK and a postdoc researcher at University of Saskatchewan, Canada.
His specialization relates to studying the behavior of metal and alloy systems during processing and post-processing stages from a microstructural perspective. His research portfolio over the past 8 years has been focused on studying microstructure-property-processing relationship in engineering materials.