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Our very welcome friends from abroad, and fellow members and associates of the Task Force on Brittle Failure of Rotor Forgings of Subcommittee VI on Steel Forgings and Billets of Committee A-1 on Steel: In planning for this meeting of today, we felt that it would be desirable for us to start the discussions by giving to our visitors from abroad a brief picture of the situation in the United States as regards large turbine and generator rotor forgings. We decided to group this presentation in four parts: 1. The demand for large rotor forgings, 2. The supply situation, 3. Rotor forging problems—metallurgical development, and 4. Rotor forging problems—inspection and testing. There will be one speaker for each of the four subjects, and it is the intention that each will speak from our over-all United States position, not representing solely the viewpoint of his own particular affiliation. We feel that in this way we will lay the groundwork for the conference; that we of this country will take the least possible amount of time, and thus leave more time for mutual exchange of experiences.
Mochel, N. L.
Manager, Westinghouse Electric Corp., Philadelphia, Pa.