19th International Symposium on Zirconium in the Nuclear Industry

    Dates: Sunday May 19 2019 - Thursday May 23 2019

    Location: The Midland Manchester, UK

    Sponsored by: B10 Reactive and Refractory Metals and Alloys

    Deadline for Abstract Submittal: Friday March 23 2018

    About the Event

    Papers are invited for the 19th International Symposium on Zirconium in the Nuclear Industry, sponsored by ASTM Committee B10 on Reactive and Refractory Metals and Alloys. The symposium will be held May 19-23, 2019, at The Midland Hotel in Manchester, UK.

    The purpose of the symposium is to provide a forum for exchanging new information on the fabrication, testing, development, and characterization of both traditional and new zirconium-based materials used in the nuclear industry, including materials performance during normal, transient, and accident conditions as well as materials behavior during intermediate and long-term storage conditions. Of particular interest are studies that focus on identifying and understanding the mechanisms and behaviors of zirconium-based materials.

    Appropriate topics for papers include, but are not limited to, the following:

    • Basic Metallurgy
    • Processing and Fabrication
    • Alloy Development
    • Mechanical Behavior
    • Primary Fuel Failure Mechanisms
    • Degradation Mechanisms of Failed Fuel
    • Corrosion and Hydriding
    • In-Reactor Performance
    • Irradiation Effects
    • High-Temperature and Transient Phenomena
    • Mechanistic Modeling of Processing or Performance
    • Intermediate and Long-Term Storage Performance
    • Coatings for Accident Tolerant Fuel

    The language of the symposium will be English.

    Both oral and poster presentations are planned. The John Schemel Award for the best paper of the symposium will be selected from the submitted papers. The best poster will also be recognized at the symposium.

    Abstract Submittal

    For persons interested in presenting a paper or poster at the symposium, authors must submit a 250-300 word preliminary abstract using the online Abstract Submittal Form no later than March 23, 2018. You may access the form by scrolling to the top of the page and selecting “Go to Abstract Submittal Form”. To ensure your abstract was received into the ASTM database, please send an email to Symposia Operations at symposia@astm.org to let them know your abstract was submitted.

    The abstract must include a clear definition of the objective and approach of the work discussed, pointing out material that is new, and present sufficient details regarding results. The presentation and manuscript must not be of a commercial nature nor can it have been previously published. Because a limited number of abstracts will be accepted, be sure that the abstract is complete to allow for careful assessment of the paper’s suitability for this symposium. The symposium co-chairmen will notify you by July 15, 2018 by email of your paper’s acceptability for presentation at the symposium, as either a platform or poster presentation. If the preliminary abstract is accepted, the presenter/author will be requested to submit a final abstract several months before the symposium. The final abstracts will be distributed in an abstract booklet at the symposium.


    Symposium presenters are required to submit their papers to the Selected Technical Paper (STP), an online and printed, peer-reviewed publication for the international scientific and engineering community. After the final selection of abstracts has been approved, the ASTM Editorial Office will send authors’ instructions via email only. Manuscripts to be peer reviewed for the STP are due online no later than February 5, 2019 at the ASTM Editorial Office. The corresponding author (the author who is the main contact with ASTM Headquarters) will receive a PDF copy of their paper. All published authors will have the opportunity to purchase reprints of their papers at a nominal cost.

    Technical Chair Contact Information

    More information regarding the symposium is available from the symposium co-chairmen:

    Editorial Chairman:
    Dr. Suresh K. Yagnik
    Technical Executive
    Electric Power Research Institute
    3420 Hillview Avenue
    Palo Alto, CA 94304 (USA)
    Email: syagnik@epri.com
    Tel: +1-650-855-8751; Fax: +1-650-855-1026

    Dr. Arthur T. Motta
    Professor of Nuclear Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering
    Chair of Nuclear Engineering
    Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering
    The Pennsylvania State University
    University Park, PA, USA
    Email: atm2@psu.edu
    Tel: +1 814-865-0036; Fax: +1 814-865-1280