Symposia / General Information

B10 Reactive and Refractory Metals and Alloys
Pre-registration requested to attend this meeting.


The 17th International Symposium on Zirconium in the Nuclear Industry will be held February 3-7, 2013. Sponsored by ASTM Committee B10 on Reactive and Refractory Metals and Alloys, the symposium will be held at the Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces in Hyderabad, India.

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 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 mechanism of zirconium- based materials behavior.

The language of the symposium will be English.


Online registration is open and closes January 30. The fees to attend this symposium are listed below.

Students – A student's fee is waived, provided that he/she is a full-time student and is not employed full time. After registering online, the student must check in at the ASTM Registration Desk on site and present his/her student ID. Please note that Student registration is no longer available online or on-site as the maximum number of student slots available has reached capacity.

All attendees, including presenters and ASTM members, are urged to register online for this event so that space requirements can be accommodated. If you do not register online by the closing date, then you must register upon arrival at the symposium. All attendees must check in at the ASTM registration desk upon arrival at symposium.

A refund of the symposium fee will be honored only if requested at least 7 business days prior to the symposium. To cancel your registration and request a refund, please contact Hannah Sparks at or 610-832-9678.

If you have questions concerning online registration, please contact Hannah Sparks in Symposia Operations at Tel: 610/832-9677, or ASTM Technical Support at or 1-800-262-1373 (domestic) or 610-832-9578 (international).



On Site

ASTM Member Fee
Non-Member Fee
Presenter Fee
Session Chair
Student Fee


Symposium attendees interested in receiving 2.1 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) should complete a CEU application form at the adjournment of the symposium, and then submit it to the ASTM staff member on site. A certificate will be sent to the attendee approximately 4 to 6 weeks after the symposium.


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

Chairman Pierre Barberis
Areva/Cezus Research Centre
Ugine, France
tel: +33 (0) 4 79 89 30 68, fax: +33 (0) 4 79 89 35 00

Co-Chairman Dr. Srikumar Banerjee
Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission
Anushakti Bhavan, Mumbai
tel.: +91 22 2202 2543, fax: +91 22 2204 8476

Editorial Chairman Robert J. Comstock
Westinghouse Electric Co.
Research & Technology
Pittsburgh, PA
tel: +1 412 256 1277, fax: +1 412-256-1221


The symposium will be held at the Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces in Hyderabad India located at Road No 1, 500034 Hyderabad, India. A block of rooms have been reserved under ASTM for the 17th International Symposium on Zirconium in the Nuclear Industry. The hotel offers three different rooming sections:

  • Taj Krishna,
  • Taj Deccan, and the
  • Taj Banjara.

You will be able to make your selection when making your reservation. The room rates are listed below. Please click on "Reservations" to make your accomodations.

Taj Krishna
Single OccupancyDouble Occupancy
Superior SingleINR 7500+INR 8500+
Delux RoomINR 9000+INR 10000+
Taj ClubINR 11000+INR 12000+

Taj Deccan
Single OccupancyDouble Occupancy
Superior RoomINR 5000+INR 5500+
Executive RoomINR 5500+INR 6000+
Residency RoomINR 6000+INR 6500+

Taj Banjara
Single OccupancyDouble Occupancy
Superior RoomINR 5000+INR 5500+
Residency CityINR 5500+INR 6000+
Residency LakeINR 6000+INR 6500+

The group rate will be honored until the ASTM block is full but no later than December 20, 2012. You may be charged a higher rate if reservations are received after the cut-off date or when the block is full.

If you have not yet applied for your visa, which India requires in addition to a passport, please do so immediately.

It is important that you know your country of origin's visa application requirements. Dr. Saibaba is working in India with the Indian Government to send invitation letters to attendees. Please complete the information form at this link Visa Application and email it to Dr. Saibaba at

Most attendees will require a Conference visa.

You may confirm the above information via Travisa at a website that has proved helpful for assistance in acquiring a visa.

For US attendees traveling from the United States to India, please click on the link below, State Department Travel Website, for a listing of county specific information; including travel requirements.

Attendees outside of the United States should contact their appropriate embassies for visa and travel requirements.

The symposium organizing committee looks forward to seeing you at the 17th Zr Symposium.


Arrangements will be made for pick-up of guests from Airport on arrival to the Hotel. Details of itinerary may be sent with a request to Mr. Y. Nagarjuna Prasad, Public Relations Officer, NFC (Tel: +91 40 27122126/27184888; Fax: +91 40 27120849; Mobile: +91 7893959898; E-Mail:;


Meeting schedules of Committee B10 are posted on the ASTM web site at or contact the ASTM staff manager, Jeff Adkins at or tel: 610-832-9738.


Meeting schedules of Committee B10 are posted on the ASTM web site at or contact the ASTM staff manager, Jeff Adkins at or tel: 610-832-9738.


All Social Events and Tours:

Symposium Evening Social Events

The following evening social programs are scheduled at the 17th Zr Symposium in Hyderabad:

  • Sunday, February 3, 2013 – Visit to Ramoji Film City (Leaving Hotel Taj Krishna at 14:30 hrs). After the visit, cultural programme by Chennai Dance Troupe, followed by Dinner with Cocktails; Leave Ramoji Film City at 22:00 hrs for Taj Krishna. Sponsoring Company: Dr. R.K. Sinha, Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission & Secretary, Department of Atomic Energy, Government of India.
  • Monday, February 4, 2013 – Evening Fusion Music by Ashok Gurjale Troupe (19:00 hrs), followed by Dinner with Cocktails at Taj Krishna (20:00 hrs). Sponsoring Company: AREVA CEZUS.
  • Tuesday, February 5, 2013 – Cultural Programme (19:30 hrs) by Deepika Reddy Dance Troupe, followed by Dinner with Cocktails at Shilparamam (20:30 hrs). After the Dinner, the participants can purchase souvenirs in the Night Bazar at Shilparamam. Leave Shilparamam at 22:00 hrs for Hotel Taj Krishna. Sponsoring Company: Westinghouse.
  • Wednesday, February 6, 2013 – Leave Hotel Taj Krishna at 18:30 hrs. Dinner with limited Cocktails at Falaknuma Palace (19:30 hrs). Sponsoring Company: ATI Wah Chang.

Additional site seeing tours are being offered, but are not officially organized by the ASTM Symposium sub-committee. The tour information is provided to help the interested symposium delegates who should directly deal with the listed travel agent known to Anand Garde. The actual cost of the tour will depend on the currency exchange rate prevailing at the time of booking. For rough estimate the exchange rate is about 1 US $=50 Indian Rupees.

Please vist:
Agra Tour
Aurangabad Tour

Local Organizers:
The Local Organizers would like to arrange Yoga classes in the morning from 6:00 – 7:30 AM, provided there are interested participants to take benefit of this. The Yoga Master is highly reputed and has been training the Yoga Trainers during the past 30 years. You may have further information at the Website and confirm your participation by e-mail to the following address:

Spouse Program

Program for the spouses of the participants is planned for 4th, 5th and 6th February 2013. Requests can be made to Mr. Nagarjuna Prasad, PRO, NFC. (Tel: +91 40 27122126/27184888; Fax: +91 40 27120849; Mobile: +91 7893959898; E-Mail:;