South Western and South Wales Branch talk
This is a South Western Branch event organised and run by our South Western Branch for members in the South West and South Wales. Other members and non-members are welcome to join us.
Overview: The so-called rare-earth metals are those defined in the Lanthanide series of the Periodic Table and Yttrium. They are not particularly rare, many being more common than many well-known metals. However, modern technology has become increasingly dependent on these materials for many everyday items as well as the high power magnets used in wind turbines for renewable energy generation. Although distributed throughout the world, an aggressive selling and some environmentally unfriendly production systems has led to the Chinese controlling 97% of the market. Each of the Rare Earth Metals will be discussed in detail with deposit locations, extraction processes and applications.
Speaker:- David Rowe FWeldI (Cedar Metals)
Speaker Biography:- After working for over 40 years in various refractory metals industries David founded Cedar Metals Ltd in July 2004 as a specialist consultancy company in the fabrication and uses of refractory metals for Aerospace, Defence, Chemical, Electronic, Furnace, Oil and Gas, Nuclear and Glass industries. Other areas of expertise include Powder Metallurgy processing, furnace design, friction stir welding of non-ferrous materials and steels, thixotropic processing of aluminium alloys and Orbital Friction Welding of steel rails. He has also been a partner in 3 recent InnovateUK projects involving advanced ultrasonics and has been the Treasurer off the Eastern Counties Branch since 2008.
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