International Conference on Martensitic Transormations -
ICOMAT'02 (Part I and II)
J. Pietikäinen, O. Söderberg, Eds.
J. Phys. IV France
PrefaceProfessor Juha Pietikäinen
The International Conference on Martensitic Transformations, ICOMAT'02, was held on 10-14 June
2002 in Dipoli Congress Centre in Otaniemi, Espoo, Finland. It was the 10th conference in the ICOMAT
series Totally 282 scientists from 27 countries participated.
The patron of ICOMAT'02 Conference was Mrs Sinikka Mönkäre,
the Minister of Trade and
Due to the 100th anniversary of Academician G.V. Kurdyumov and Professor Nishiyama, and the
recent passing away of Professor Christian, the first three conference days started with the honorary
lectures for their legacy.
International Advisory Committee had selected seven topics for the Conference and the
corresponding sessions were organized for demonstrating the process and the present state of the art of
martensitic and other displacive transformations, in general, and applied in specific materials:
1. Martensitic and diffusional
displacive transformations, crystallography, mechamsms,
thermodynamics and modeling;
2. Martensite and bainite ferrous alloys;
3. Mechanical and other properties of Fe-C and Fe-N
martensitic systems Observations and
4. Martensite in ceramic and other non-metallic systems;
5. Shape memory materials;
controlled shape memory (MSM) materials and actuators;
7. Martensitic transformations and shape memory effect in thin films;
Applications of martensitic transformatlons: Smart materials systems, microsystems, machinery,
vibration control and biomedical applications.
Martensite and its derivates enjoy large interest all over the world We received
315 abstracts, of which
265 are presented as papers here in the Proceedings. At the Conference, most of the authors chose to
present their papers orally; the amount of oral presentations thus being higher than expected. Parallel
session were held due to the large number of papers.
I am very grateful to all of our sponsors and funding organizations,
which are separately mentioned here in the
Proceedings. Their support made possible not only the Conference itself, but also the participation of many
young researchers and colleagues. Especially I would like to thank the Academy of
Finland and the Ministry of Trade and Industry for their support.
I would like to thank the following members of Helsinki
University of Technology for their help
during the preparation of the Conference:Professor Kari Heiskanen, the Dean of the Department of
Materials Science and Rock Engineering, Professor Veikko Lindroos from the Laboratory or Physical
Metallurgy and Materials Science, Ms Outi Söderberg and Mr. Jan Fagerström for pratical arrangements
of the Conference. I am also grateful to the members of the Organizing Committee and to our volontary
assistance personnel. I am particularly thankful to the following members of our staff: Ms Marjatta Aav,
Mrs Arja Teramo, Mr. Matti Aalto-Setälä, Mr. Teppo Fält, Ms. Kaisa Huitu, Mr. Antti Ihalainen,
Mr. Sami Kaarlela, Mr. Kari Koho, Ms. Sanni Mustala, Mr. Jami Nieminen, Ms. Linda Pääkkönen,
Mr. Tero Ristolainen, Mr. Jukka Seuranen, Dr. Alexei Sozinov, Mr. Sami Vapalahti and Mr. Jarkko
Vimpari. Also special thanks to Mr. Wei Zou, Mr. Xuwen Liu and to the members of Metallikerho, who
assisted in the practical arrangements of the Conference.
My special thanks to Ms. Outi Soderberg, Ms. Kaisa Huitu and Ms.
Sanni Mustala for their enormous
work in preparing the Proceedings of the Conference.
I am very grateful to the co-chairmen, Professor Yuri Koval and Dr. Kari
Ullakko. Thanks are also
due to all the session chairmen for their contribution to the Conference. Their names are given in the
session part of the Proceedings.
I also owe my gratitude to the International Advisory Committee for selecting the relevant
discussed 3t the Conference.
Also thanks are due to TSG-Congress Ltd. for their excellent help in organizing the Conference.
scientific success of the Conference was the resuit of the high-quality motivation and work of it
participants. Therefore I would like to thank all participants for their contributions.
Furthermore, the role of the referees has been of utmost importance.
Finally, on behalf of the Organizing Committee, I would
like to acknowledge all the help and good
advice we got from Professor Manfred Ahlers and Professor Marcos Sade - the organizers of the previous
ICOMAT Conference in Bariloche, Argentina in 1998.Professor Juha PietikäinenChairman of ICOMAT'OZ Conference
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