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Outreach and Continuing Education

As part of the mission of VT-Fire, the faculty and staff offer, host, and participate in programs for educational and community groups to promote education and appreciation for the metal casting industry.

Upcoming Courses at the Foundry

AFS:  Copper Process Metallurgy & Metalcasting Practices (08-13)
October 30 - November 1, 2012

A hands-on, 3-day laboratory course for producers and users of copper alloy castings, attendees learn about the features of various copper alloys used in metalcasting production, casting processes suited to copper alloys, solidification characteristics, metallurgical technology and control procedures, gating & riser considerations for copper alloys, defects and corrective solutions, no-lead alloys, and lead safety concerns.

Who Should Attend:  Melt foremen, quality control personnel, metallurgists, design engineers, casting buyers, sales engineers, and anyone wanting to gain a broad-based knowledge of copper alloys and casting principles.

Click on the title for more detailed information.  For registration information, contact AFS customer service at 800-537-4237.

Recent courses: 

Cast Metals Institute, Inc.:  Metallurgy of Gray and Ductile Iron (26-11)
May 3 - 5, 2011
Practical, operations-oriented laboratory course covering the metallurgy of two of the industry's most important alloys. Included an introduction to physical metallurgy, iron-carbon-silicon systems, alloy relationships, inoculation, heat treatment, quality control and metallography, ductile iron treatment processes, desulfurization and nodulizing. Course intended for supervisors, foremen, metallurgists, technicians, quality control supervisors, and laboratory personnel.

Cast Metals Institute, Inc.: Induction Melted Cast Iron Processing (Class No. 19-12)
March 13-15, 2012

This 3-day laboratory course provides practical insturction on induction melting of iron, for both coreless and channel induction furnaces. Topics include safety precautions related to furnace oepration and maintenance, induction furnace oerpation, refractory installation technqiues and maintenance, melting practies for quality iron, and prevention of melting-related defects.


  Other Outreach Happenings Minimize
MSE Students at Steel Dynamics - Tuesday, October 30, 2012

On Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011, Lynn Akers, Director of Safety for Steel Dynamics, Inc. - Roanoke Bar Division, met with MSE students Christian Birkett, Adam Humphrys, Mary Seals, and VT FIRE Director, Alan Druschitz, to discuss our joint AIST, Don B. Daily Memorial Fund, Fall Prevention Project.  The students will be working with  the SDI safety people to develop ways to reduce injuries due to falls from flatbed trucks and flatbed railcars. Click here to read more about this project.  UPDATE:  The results of this project were presented in a paper at the AIST Safety and Health Conference held in Indianapolis.  The paper was published in November 2012 issue of Iron & Steel Technology.  Click here to view the article.

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