Aluminum Design and Lightweighting Solutions Workshop: Extrusion Process and Design Overview

November 10, 2020

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The Aluminum Association presents the latest module in the Association's first-ever virtual Aluminum Design and Lightweighting Solutions Workshop. To address the industry-wide need for an aluminum-specific training curriculum for design engineers, this workshop brings together technical experts from leading aluminum producers: Arconic, Novelis, Rio Tinto, Hydro and Constellium. Jeff Victor, Hydro's R&D Upstream Manager, will review the extrusion process, extrusion alloy selection, and the benefits of an optimized profile design. Post-extrusion fabrication options will be discussed, focusing on how to minimize final cost and fully integrate the advantages of the extrusion process.

Primary Topics:

  • Extrusion fundamentals: process steps and capabilities
  • Common extrusion alloys and typical uses
  • Specialty high-strength and crash alloys
  • Benefits of combining fabrication with profile design

 

Presenter:

Jeffrey Victor

Upstream R&D Manager, Hydro Innovation & Technology

Jeff Victor has held a variety of roles throughout the extrusion industry for over 20 years, including significant operational, quality, and commercial responsibilities. He is currently the Upstream R&D manager at Hydro's global Innovation & Technology group in Troy, Michigan. Jeff leads a team focused on alloy development, cast house and extrusion process technology in support of Hydro's operations and commercial teams across North America. The team is currently working on high strength alloys, crash alloys, and launching Hydro's new automotive business. He graduated from Lehigh University with degrees in materials science and economics.