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AFS Technical Council: providing leadership and structure to AFS technical programs.

During the next year, a series of short articles will appear in modem casting to acquaint AFS members with the current activities of each of the 11 technical divisions of the American Foundrymen's Society and its Research Board.

The AFS Technical Council coordinates and administers the technical activities of the Society and its technical divisions. So we will begin this series with a brief overview of the role and mission of the Technical Council. Future articles will be dedicated to each of the individual technical divisions. Council Membership

The 23 current members of the Technical Council consist of the national AFS vice president; an appointed chairman, vice chairman and secretary; the immediate past chairman of the Technical Council; the AFS chief administrative and chief technical officers; the chairman of each of the technical divisions of the Society and the Research Board; and four at-large members. The attached organizational chart shows members serving the 1990-1991 term.

The chairman, vice chairman and secretary of the Technical Council are each appointed to a two-year term by the AFS national president. Normally, they are selected f rom past members of the Technical Council. Each division serves the specific needs of a relatively narrow sphere of technical interests.

Every chairman has generally spent many years of active committee work and leadership within his division before becoming its chairman and a member of the Technical Council. It is these chairmen who will be detailing the current activities of their divisions in upcoming issues of modem casting.

The four at-large members, who are selected because of their strong technical backgrounds and leadership abilities, expand the scope of the AFS Technical Council. They are selected by the chairman of the Technical Council to serve staggered two-year terms.

Others who regularly provide input to the Technical Council are the AFS headquarters technical staff, the Casting Technology Communications Committee of AFS, the publishing staff of modem casting and the AFS director of research. Council Activities

The Technical Council oversees and directs a wide range of Society programs. The activity that is perhaps most evident to a broad cross section of AFS members is the annual Casting Congress. Although the program is the responsibility of the Programs and Papers Committees of each of the 1 1 technical divisions, virtually all division committees provide the principal source of authors, speakers and panelists.

In addition, they review every paper before it is accepted for presentation and/or publication to assure that it addresses a current technical need of the foundry industry. The overall Congress program is administered and coordinated by Wayne M. Rasmussen, AFS associate technical director, and others on the AFS staff.

The 1990 Congress at Cobo Hall in Detroit serves as a fine example of the hard work and dedication of division committees. Some 140 outstanding presentations covered a broad array of topics of current interest to foundrymen. More than 90 were available during the Congress as preprints. And, of course, almost all of these will be published and bound in the annual AFS Transactions.

Those same division committees also are a principal source of authors and reviewers for many of the AFS special publications. Some of the newer and revised titles available as a result of AFS committee work include the Mold and Core Test Handbook, Refractories Manual, Pattemmakers Manual and Solidification Characteristics of Aluminum Alloy, Vol 2: Foundry Alloys. These publications became available during the past year.

Technical committees also help organize and conduct special conferences, regularly contribute articles for modem casting and provide instructors and much of the prepared literature for the courses taught by the Cast Metals Institute of AFS. Technical Research

Each of the committees of the divisions is charged with identifying the broad-based needs of the foundry industry that are best addressed through AFS-funded research projects. The committees propose specific studies to the Research Board and help locate qualified organizations or individuals to conduct needed studies. They then monitor the progress and results to assure the quality of the work.

Fifteen such projects are active in 1990, covering such diverse topics as predicting solidification shrinkage; measuring inclusion levels in aluminum; low-lead/no-lead brasses; penetration defects (sand); predicting properties in iron; reclaiming zircon sand; on-line cupola modeling; and filtration of steel.

By leveraging AFS funds with contributions from industry and other sources, we have been able to triple the effectiveness of AFS money that is made available from Research Patron fees and AFS general funds. Backbone of AFS

The volunteers who serve the committees of the various technical divisions are indeed the backbone of all AFS technical activities. They are dedicated individuals who sincerely believe that people tend to benefit most from an organization like AFS when they give a little something back.

As you read in the coming months about each division's activities, give some thought as to where you might contribute a little and benefit a lot. Then contact Tom Jennings, AFS vice president/technology, who will be happy to assist you in becoming active in the technical committee or committees of your choice.
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Title Annotation:American Foundrymen's Society
Author:Jorstad, John L.
Publication:Modern Casting
Date:Oct 1, 1990
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