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Symposium 6: Synthesis and Processing of Materials Using Electric Currents and Pressures



Electric fields and currents are powerful processing parameters in addition to the temperature and time parameters available in traditional sintering. Applications of electric current have been leveraged to produce materials with unique properties and/or increase processing efficiency. Of particular note is the wide spread (and continuously increasing) use of the technique often referred to as spark plasma sintering (SPS), field-assisted-sintering technique (FAST), and current-activated pressure-assisted densification (CAPAD), among others. This symposium is in the spirit of previous symposia on SPS that were held in conjunction with past PacRim meetings beginning in PacRim7, Hawaii. The success of these symposia provided evidence of the continued worldwide growth of research and development activities in this field. The symposium is aimed at providing a forum for scientists and engineers to present and discuss results of various observations on a wide variety of topics related to current-assisted processing and synthesis of materials. Experimental and modeling papers covering fundamental as well as application-oriented studies are solicited.



  • Fundamental investigations on current-activated densification of materials
  • Modeling and simulation studies of current-activated densification
  • Consolidation of nanocrystalline materials
  • Property evaluation of materials processed using electric currents, including mechanical, optical, electrical, thermal, and magnetic properties
  • Field-activated synthesis



Javier E. Garay, University of California, San Diego, jegaray@ucsd.edu

Takashi Goto, Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University, Japan, goto@imr.tohoku.ac.jp

Olivier Guillon, Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, Germany, o.guillon@fz-juelich.de

Manshi Ohyanagi, Ryukoku University, Japan

Yasuhiro Kodera, University of California, Riverside

Claude Estournès, CNRS and Université Paul Sabatier, France



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