STUDY GROUPS

The activity of AIM highly depends on the work of its Study Groups (Centri di Studio) whose technical committees meet regularly to discuss topical issues and to promote related events. The scope of Study Groups is the development of knowledge in the following areas:
 

 



Coatings and Tribology


It organises educational initiatives and training courses addressed to coating tEchniques (thin film, thermal spray, galvanic, etc..) and more generally to surface treatments both on fundamental issues and specific industrial fields of application.-A particular attention is paid to sustainability and reduction of environmental impact of  industrial processes. 

Corrosion


It is concerned with the education on problems related to degration of the metallic materials in natural and industrial environments and with the methods to prevent, control, monitor and protect them. A particular attention is focused on the servicing behaviour of traditional and innovative metallic materials. 

Diecasting


The study group deals with diecasting processing and related innovative processes such as semi- solid, squeeze casting, thixomulding,etc.
Special workgroups are dedicated to die engineering and casting defects classification.  

Environment and safety


Estabilished in 1998, it has an objective to increase the sensivity on problems regarding environment and safety and to disseminate the knowledge of the technologies and methodologies  to face and solve them, through a cultural action addressed to all the people operating in the industry. 

Foundry


It is the oldest of AIM's study groups. Since 2001 it works jointly with ASSOFOND (italian Foundrymen's Association) in promoting the technical modernisation and education of the skilled foundry personnel. 

Heat treatments and metallography


It focuses on metallurgical aspects as well as on traditional and innovative processes of heat treatments. It also deals with bulk and surface treatments. The execution and the interpretation of metallographic examinations are considered indispensable in the management of heat treatments. 

Heat treatments development


The latest of AIM's study groups, founded in 2001, deals with rules, regulations and specifications concerning heat treatments. 

History of metallurgy


Originally founded in 1953 the study group has been reactivated in 1999. It's purpose is the study of ancient procedures and artefacts (from ore to finished work) without limitation of age and origin, with the aim of serving archaeology and metallurgy. 

Light metals


In this study group the attention is focused mainly on aluminium and its alloys, taking also in consideration other light metals, as magnesium. The topics dealt with range from transformation processes of base materials to the characteristics of utilisation and application technology. 

Materials for energy


Originally focused on the problems relating to nuclear plants, the study group has extended its observatory to all the types of energy production systems, even experimental or at study. The interest concerns all metallic materials, including magnetic materials and all the aspect of the metallurgy, from alloy production to component fabrication. 

Metal physics and materials science


The interest is focused on the foundation mechanisms that are at the basis of metallurgical processing and materials performance during service.  Their knowledge is extremely important for the understanding of the physical, microstructural and mechanical parameters that can control and even improve metals quality and reliability.

Metals and application technologies


It deals with materials choice in view of a correct design with the application in relation with the characteristics of the materials, with the economy of the product as referred to its life cycle, with application technologies, controls and specifications. In particular it focuses on mechanical applications. 

Non ferrous metals


The group deals with extractive metallurgy of non-ferrous metals, treatment of minerals, pyrometallurgical and hydrometallurgical processes, extraction of metals, refining, physical metallurgy, different uses and applications.

Plastic deformation


It deals with cold and and hot rolling, forging and all the metal working techniques that determine a permanent deformation, both form the poin of view of the theoretical study and application to technological cycles. 

Powder metallurgy


Since its creation in 1959, the study group has an active role in the dissemination of the knowledge of PM technologyand in the promotion of the application of the sintered materials. 

Product control and characterisation


Scope of this Study group is the development and the dissemination of the knowledge of the methods and laboratory equipment used for the final qualification of the products. It also takes in consideration issues regarding mechanical tests, non destructive tests, chemical and surface analysis. 

Refractories and advanced ceramics


The group aims at promoting the knowledge of the technological and industrial evolution of ceramic products and problemas related to these materials. 

Steelmaking


Estabilished in 1951, it aims at developing all activities that contribute to the progress and the improvement of steels fabrication technique. 

Welding


Formed in 2003, the study group has the purpose of studying and spreading knowledge of metal welding technologies and methods.