The DGM Expert Committee Continuous Casting has been in existence since 1972 and currently has three working groups dealing with all issues relating to continuous casting with furnace-dependent and furnace-independent molds for a wide range of materials, starting from aluminium and copper materials, and spray forming of special materials based on aluminium, copper, and steel. The Expert Committee brings together experts from production plants, suppliers of refractory materials, melting and casting furnaces, casting plants, measuring and operating technology and experts and young scientists from research institutes, colleges and universities for technical discussions, practical exchanges of experience and, not least, reciprocal plant visits. The Expert Committee meets once a year for its annual conference, the working groups usually meet twice a year.
Specifically, the Expert Committee works on various overarching topics addressed in the working groups and working-group-specific work items. The unifying and long-term oriented issues of the Expert Committee include:
The aforementioned content priorities shape the characteristics of the organization of the Expert Committee. These include reciprocal plant visits, the interdisciplinary and practical exchange of experience on technical process issues, technical presentations (by members and invited experts), a "Symposium on Continuous Casting" usually held every five years, the promotion of scientific understanding of the casting process, regular benchmarking to define state of the art, the initiation and technical support of funded R&D projects, and the involvement and promotion of young talent.
The Expert Committee and, following their technical specialization, the working groups see themselves as a meeting of continuous casters; however, they are fundamentally open to persons or institutions with relevant expertise and junior staff in industry and research as well as to students before graduation. The Expert Committee has guest members and permanent members. Guest members participate sporadically or are invited to specific topics according to their professional orientation. Permanent members are actively involved in at least two of the Expert Committee's target areas and/or its working groups and contribute permanently and actively to the Committee's work. They form problem-related ad hoc working groups as needed. They are admitted by-election after a personal presentation. They actively work on the working topics' design and solution and facilitate reciprocal plant or institute visits. All members follow the compliance rules of the DGM.
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