China National Machinery Industry Corporation, China
Talk: Progress in Failure Prevention and Control Technology for Important Pressure Equipment of Petrochemical Plants in China
Academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering, Doctor, Professor. Xuedong Chen is currently the Deputy General Manager and Chief Engineer of China National Machinery Industry Corporation (SINOMACH), Chairman of the board of Directors of Hefei General Machinery Research Institute Co., Ltd., Director of the National Technical Research Center on Safety Engineering of Pressure Vessels and Pipelines, and is concurrently a member of the Asia-Oceania Regional Council of the International Conference on Pressure Vessel Technology (ICPVT-AORC), Vice President of the Chinese Mechanical Engineering Society(CMES), and Deputy Director of the Failure Analysis Committee of CMES.
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Professor Chen has long been engaged in the safety engineering science & technology research of pressure vessels and pipelines. In recent years, he obtained research achievements in the fields of design, manufacture and maintenance of important pressure vessels under extreme conditions, long-term operation risk assessment and control of large-scale petrochemical plants, long-cycle safety guarantee of pressure vessels in harsh service environment, lightweight design and manufacture of heavy pressure vessels, etc. Professor Chen has won a national first-rate prize and five second-rate prizes for scientific and technological progress, published more than 200 papers, and has been awarded more than 60 invention patents.
Beijing University of Chemical Technology, China
Talk: Mechanical Failure Abductive Diagnosis and Self-Recovery Regulation.
Professor Gao Jinji, the specialist of equipment diagnosis engineering, was born in Liaoning Province China. He received a Ph.D. degree from Tsinghua University in 1993. He served as deputy chief engineer of PetroChina Liaoyang Petrochemical Company from 1988 to 2001.
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He has been professor of Beijing University of Chemical Technology (BUCT) since 2001. He was conferred on the title of National Young and Middle-aged Expert with Outstanding Contributions, and Chief Scientist of the MOST’s (Ministry of Science and Technology) "973" Project.
Currently Professor Gao is Deputy Director of Special Equipment Professional Committee of The State Council Security Production Committee; Director of the Equipment Diagnosis Branch of Chinese Society of Vibration Engineering; and Director of the Beijing Key Laboratory of Health Monitoring and Self-recovery of Advanced Mechanical and Equipment.
Professor Gao and his research team have taken the lead in the development and application of equipment diagnosis technology in China and have developed the network monitoring and diagnosis system of machines. This system has carried out remote real-time monitoring and diagnosis of over 2,000 key machine units in more than 50 enterprises and avoided many major accidents successfully. Gao has obtained a number of scientific and technological achievements in the fault self-recovery and power machinery health monitoring. He has published hundreds of journal papers and two books (Machine fault Diagnosis-cure and Self-recovery, etc.). In 2016, Professor Gao received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the World Engineering Asset Management Association.
In 1999, Gao was elected Academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering.
University of Cassino, Italy
Talk: Stress Corrosion Cracking and Hydrogen Embrittlement
Francesco Iacoviello was born in 1966 in Rome. In 1989 he obtained his master’s degree “cum laude” in Nuclear Engineering at the University of Rome “La Sapienza”.
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From 1992 to 2005 he was Assistant Professor at the University of Cassino. Between 1994 and 1998 he worked in the “Corrosion Fragilisation par l’Hydrogen” Laboratory (Ecole Centrale, Paris, France) and in 1997 he obtained a PhD degree in “Corrosion-Metallurgy” at Ecole Centrale Paris (France). Since 2005 he has been Full Professor of Metallurgy at the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Cassino. He is author of more than 250 papers published in international journals, conferences proceedings and books chapters and 1 patent. He currently serves as President of the IGF (Italian Group of Fracture), President of ESIS (European Society of Structural Integrity) and Vice-President of ICF (International Congress on Fracture).
Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung (BAM), Germany
Talk: Systematic Failure Analysis: Application of Guidelines to Key Failure Investigation Cases
Christian Klinger received his training in Mechanical Engineering at the Technical University Berlin, Germany, where he also acquired his PhD on Biomedical Engineering and Service Loading Fatigue Testing in 1992.
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In 1991 he became a scientific employee at the Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM) in Berlin. He has been the head of an interdisciplinary failure analysis group since 1996. His experience in failure analysis covers fields as diverse as medical engineering, transportation, mechanical and plant engineering and structural engineering. He is a member of the Failure Analysis Experts Group within the Association of German Engineers (VDI) and an editorial board member of the Journal Engineering Failure Analysis.
Kyushu University, Japan
Yukitaka Murakami is an Emeritus Professor at Kyushu University, Japan, where he obtained his PhD, and a Visiting Professor at Aalto University, Finland. Over the past 40 years, Professor Murakami has found that defects and inclusions contained in material are the crucial factor affecting fatigue strength. Based on this finding, he first developed a technology to employ artificial small defects and then established a model to quantitatively evaluate the effect on fatigue strength. This parameter model is utilized widely by researchers and engineers worldwide.
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In recognition of his research achievements, Professor Murakami was awarded the Annual Prize in 1996 by the International Journal of Fatigue & Fracture of Engineering Materials & Structures, as well as the Wöhler Medal in 1998 by ESIS - European Structural Integrity Society. He has three times been a recipient of the JSME Best Paper Award and twice a recipient of the Soc. Master. Sci., Japan Best Paper Award. He was awarded the Paul Paris Gold Medal at ICF13, in Beijing, June 2013, in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the field of fatigue and fracture for the past several decades. He was also awarded the Ohji-Otsuka-Okamura Award, in November 2013, by the Committee of Fracture Mechanics of the Society of Materials Science, Japan. In October 2016, Prof. Murakami received an Honorary Doctorate Degree, from Aalto University, Finland, in recognition of his research achievement in fatigue and fracture and his educational contribution in several lectures including the Theory of Elasticity and Metal Fatigue.
From 2003 to 2006, Professor Murakami, was a Leader of the 21st Century COE Program “Integration Technology of Mechanical Systems for Hydrogen Utilization”. Since July 2006, under the auspices of the “Fundamental Research Project on Advanced Hydrogen Science”, Professor Murakami has managed and pursued research on hydrogen and material property as the project leader in collaboration with National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), tirelessly working toward the realization of a hydrogen society. Since 2006, he has also been a Director of the Research Center for Hydrogen Industrial Use and Storage (HYDROGENIUS) and the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology. He was the Special Advisor to the Director of the International institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research (I2CNER), Kyushu University. He was a member of the International Scientific Council of Constellium, French Aluminum company, from 2013 to 2018.
His research interests are strength of materials, metal fatigue, fracture mechanics, hydrogen embrittlement, stress analysis and tribology and he has published 16 books and more than 400 papers.
Fudan University, China
Talk: New Interpretations of Materials Failure Analysis and Engineering Application
Prof. Zhen-Guo Yang is a tenured professor of materials science at Fudan University and obtained his PhD in mechanical engineering from East China University of Science & Technology in 1988. He worked as a postdoctoral at Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research Dresden in Germany from April 1994 to May 1995 and as a guest professor at Technical University of Munich in Germany from February 1996 to June 1997.
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Prof. Yang is now subject editor and member of editorial advisory board of the Journal Engineering Failure Analysis, the chair expert of Science Communication Team of China National Metallography and Microscopy Discipline, the vice chairman of Chinese Failure Analysis Institution (CFAI) of Chinese Mechanical Engineering Society (CMES), the vice president of Printed Electronics Institution of China Printed Circuit Association, the director of CMES, the director of Chinese Society of Stereology and the director of China Surface Engineering Association.
Prof. Yang’s research areas cover failure analysis and composite materials. He has won 12 Provincial and Ministerial Science and Technology Progress Awards, and one Shanghai Teaching Achievement Award. He has also been granted 30 authorized Chinese invention patents and has published more than 280 peer-reviewed papers, including over 110 SCI papers. The two courses taught by him, ‘Materials Failure Analysis’ and ‘Introduction to Materials Science’, have been awarded the Shanghai Outstanding Courses so he was granted Shanghai Educational Talent Award. Until now, he has been in charge of more than 100 major engineering failure analysis projects from 9 industries, including nuclear power, fossil power, wind power, petrochemical industry, chemical engineering, metallurgy, transportation, electronic circuit and underground pipeline. As a result of his academic achievements and vast industry experiences, he has been invited to deliver plenary lectures for seven consecutive times in the China National Conference on Failure Analysis and has been taking executive chairman for four consecutive times in the China National Failure Analysis Championship.