Frank Czerwinski

Natural Resources Canada Canada

Biography Dr. Frank Czerwinski holds a Ph.D. degree in metallurgical engineering from McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada and Ph.D. (Hons) and M.Sci. (Hons) degrees in materials science from the University of Mining and Metallurgy, Cracow, Poland. He has also completed post-doctoral studies at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario and at McGill University, Montreal, Quebec. During his professional career, Dr. Czerwinski was a University Professor of materials and metallurgical engineering and the faculty member. He was also Manager and Principal Scientist of numerous research projects sponsored by universities, research institutions and industry. After years of university teaching and research, he has joined, for over a decade, the global industrial sector. At present, he is with CanmetMATERIALS, Canada’s principal federal research and development laboratory for metals and materials. Dr. Czerwinski is the author of 2 books as well as the author and co-author of 16 patents and over 150 research papers in peer-review scientific journals and conference proceedings. They cover areas of processing and heat treatment of steel, metallurgy of welding, electrodeposition, phase transformations in metals and alloys, high temperature corrosion, metallic and ceramic thin films and coatings, nanomaterials, grain boundary engineering, crystallographic texture, semisolid processing of alloys and analytical techniques of materials investigation.

Frank Czerwinski

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Magnesium alloys with their unique physical and chemical properties are important candidates for many modern engineering applications. Their density, being the lowest of all structural metals, makes them the primary choice in global attempts aimed at reducing the weight of transportation vehicles. However, magnesium also creates challenges at certain stages of raw alloy melting, fabrication of net-shape components and their service. The first one is caused by very high affinity of magnesium to oxygen, which requires protective atmospheres increasing manufacturing cost and heavily contributing to greenhouse gas emissions. The second challenge relates to very high corrosivity of liquid magnesium towards materials it contacts. This imposes restrictions on the selection of materials used to contain, transfer or process molten magnesium during manufacturing operations. A mixture of unique benefits and serious challenges of magnesium alloys in solid and liquid states described here makes the book very useful for a broad audience of scientists and engineers from academia and industry.

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