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Robert Vaßen Chair of the TBC V conference at Kloster Irsee

Prof. Robert Vaßen (IEK-1) took over this year the Chair of the Thermal Barrier Coatings V, the most important conference on the topic thermal barrier coatings, which took place from June 24th to 29th 2018 at Kloster Irsee. Co-chairs were Brian Hazel (Pratt & Whitney, USA), Prof. Dr. Uwe Schulz (German Aerospace Center, Germany), Dr. Michael J. Maloney (Pratt & Whitney, USA) and Dr. Ram Darolia (GE Aviation (Retired), USA).

The conference organized by Engineering Conferences International (ECI) attracted a lot of interest, finally the registration had to be closed due to capacity limits. The one-track lecture program with about 50 talks and also the poster session with nearly 50 contributions allowed an intense exchange to the topics industrial applications, oxidation behavior / bond coats, TBC development, CMAS degradation, failure mechanisms, and environmental barrier coatings. Participants with 15 nationalities, with the largest groups from USA, Germany, and France, pointed out the strong international focus of the conference. The chair was able to acquire sponsoring for the event from the DFG and the Office of Naval Research Global. Herewith also 25 students could be supported. The feedback of the participants was really positive and so the next event in 4 years with Brian Hazel as chair is already planned.

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