Aluminum and Titanium Metallurgy & Forging 101 Workshop

Event Date: Monday, March 6, 2023 to Monday, March 6, 2023



Join us for the FIA Aluminum and Titanium Metallurgy & Forging 101 Workshop on March 6, 2023 at 3:00 p.m. (PT). The Aluminum and Titanium Metallurgy & Forging 101 Workshop is a 3-hour short course focused on metallurgical technology and applications for aluminum and titanium alloys relevant to the forging industry.

This course will take place prior to the FIA Forging Lightweight Alloys Conference at The Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa.

The Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa
101 Montelago Boulevard
Casablanca AB Room
Henderson, NV 89011

FIA Member:            $395 
Non-member  $595 

If you have questions about registration or would like to submit a paper registration form, please contact Kathy Edwards at or call (216) 781-6260.

About the Instructors:

Professor Blair London
Materials Engineering Department
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
Blair London received his BS in Materials Engineering from Drexel University in his hometown of Philadelphia. He then traveled across the country to earn his MS and PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from Stanford University. Blair worked in the aerospace industry for several years following his PhD – McDonnell Douglas (St. Louis, MO), Howmet Corporation (Whitehall, MI), and Rockwell International Science Center (Thousand Oaks, CA). In 1993 he joined the faculty of the Materials Engineering Department at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. He has been at Cal Poly since then teaching a wide range of undergraduate courses and advising numerous senior design projects in metals, mechanical behavior, ceramics, and composites. He has received numerous teaching awards at Cal Poly. Blair has been active in forging technology working with a range of forging companies and advising many forging-related senior projects. He is a FIERF Magnet School Professor with the goal of keeping forging technology visible and vibrant for Materials Engineering students at Cal Poly.

Mark Timko
Executive Technical Advisor
Weber Metals, Inc.
Mark Timko attended Penn State and received his B.S. in Metallurgical Engineering. Mark grew up next to, and worked summers at, Crucible Steel (Alloy Steel Division) in Midland, PA in the BOF and electric arc melt shop making steel ingots. Later, Mark worked at Timet in Ohio in the forge shop making titanium billet, slabs, and bar in various production and experimental alloys. He left Ohio to work at Weber Metals in Long Beach, CA. For a time, Mark worked in Southern California with aerospace fastener companies, missile construction, and in failure analysis, but always focused on aerospace materials. He returned to Weber Metals in 2007 as the aluminum metallurgist.

About the Course:

Part 1: Science & Engineering Background
This Course begins with a brief treatment of how Materials Engineers view materials and applications. The basics of Al and Ti from the elements themselves to their alloys are then presented. The major property values of Al and Ti alloys are covered along with examples of common applications. Sufficient engineering background is provided to understand the fundamentals and uses of phase diagrams. The phases that form for both alloys with changing temperature and composition are presented.

Part 2 Mechanical Properties
The major mechanical properties of materials, stiffness, strength, and ductility are explained from mechanics and materials engineering viewpoints. Elastic and plastic deformation are covered and linked to specific material behavior. Dislocations are presented to explain plastic deformation in metals. The tensile test is covered along with the important features of the stress-strain curve for engineering alloys. Examples of Al and Ti alloy stress-strain curves are presented.

Part 3: Heat Treatment, Metallurgical Details
The final section of the course uses all the material covered in Parts 1 and 2 to explain the heat treatment of Al and Ti alloys. Age hardening of Al alloys is explained in detail. Common heat treatment designations for Al alloys are presented. The heat treatment of Ti alloys is covered by examining those for Ti-6Al-4V. microstructural examples of Ti-6-4 following various heat treatments are included. Metallurgical details associated with Al and Ti alloy forging are presented.


Attendees may book their hotel rooms at The Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa by clicking here or calling the hotel directly at (888) 236-2427 and mentioning the FIA Forging Lightweight Alloys Conference. FIA has arranged for Forging Lightweight Alloys Conference & Plant Tour attendees to receive a discounted room rate of $149/night (+ resort fees, taxes)  at The Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa. Deadline to book at this discounted rate is February 6, 2023.