Aluminium Summer School 2020

Aluminium Summer School 2020

– A Key-Player in Circular Economy (ACE)

3rd– 7th August 2020 | NTNU Trondheim, Norway




The organising committee of the Aluminium Summer School 2020 – A Key-Player in Circular Economy (3rd-7th August 2020) recognises the unprecedented global challenge associated with the current COVID-19 pandemic. The health and safety of our presenters, attendees and community are of the utmost importance, and our hearts go out to all who have been affected.
Considering the guidance from governments and companies, we have chosen to postpone the Aluminium Summer School to 2nd - 6th August 2021.
For those of you who have registered for the Aluminium Summer School 2020, registration fee refunds will take place in the coming month.
On behalf of the organising committee, please stay safe and we hope to see you in Trondheim in August 2021.
Kind regards,

Ragnhild E. Aune

Aerial view of Trondheim. Photo

The Aluminium Summer School has previously taken place in Trondheim, Norway (1997, 2001, 2006), Worcester, USA (1999, 2003, 2008), Vicenza, Italy (2011, 2017) and Aachen, Germany (2014). Topics concerning light metal alloys solidification and processing from raw materials to sustainable products have traditionally been covered by the summer school.

The upcoming summer school will address concrete industrial cases with focus on the challenges of innovative design, advanced applications, product and process reliability, industrial competitiveness and technological sustainability. Aluminium as a permanent material perfectly suited to a circular economy, which resonates with today’s expectations to produce and consume in a more sustainable way.

The main aim of the summer school is to give an understanding for the topics, which are of importance both for industrial engineers (knowledge of innovative solutions and approaches) and for researchers (knowledge of the industrial requirements to be targeted by innovation).

The summer school venue is the Gløshaugen Campus of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, Norway.


Norwegian University of Science And Technology (NTNU)

NTNU is Norway's main technical university with a strong tradition of close collaboration with national- and international universities and industry. The university has more than 42,000 students, of which half study technology and natural sciences with 6,500 MSc students and 360 PhDs graduating annually. With 4,800 person-years in academic or scientific positions, NTNU is the largest university in Norway.

The main host of the summer school is the Department of Materials Science and Engineering (DMSE), which is a department within the Faculty of Natural Sciences. It is also the nationally leading institution for materials science and engineering, and responsible for research-based education, as well as basic and applied research in the fields of materials- and process metallurgy, electrochemical process- and energy technology, and inorganic chemistry.

NTNU is also the home of one of the World´s largest university-based R&D groups in aluminium technology. The research work is conducted in close cooperation with Norwegian and international industry and the business community at large, as well as the public sector. NTNU-DMSE is located in Trondheim, which is the third largest city in Norway with a population of < 200,000.


Target Audience

The target audience of the summer school is students (PhDs in the area of Materials Science and Engineering & Materials Processing) and professionals working in the area of aluminium alloys processing (from scraps treatment to melting, from foundry to rolling and extrusion, from design to application). 



  • Lars Arnberg, Yanjun Li, Marisa Di Sabatino Lundberg, Daniel Beat Müller, Ragnhild E. Aune and Romain Guillaume Billy (Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway)
  • John Weritz (The Aluminum Association, USA)
  • Diran Apelian, Carl Söderhjelm, and Shadi Darvish (Worcester Polytechnic Institute, USA)
  • Franco Bonollo and Giulio Timelli (Padova University, Italy)
  • Kevin Anderson (Brunswick Corporation, USA)
  • Robert Fritzsch (Pyrotek Inc., UK)
  • Shahid Akhtar (Hydro Aluminium, Norway)
  • Andreas Buehrig-Polaczek and Markus Apel (RWTH Aachen University, Germany)
  • David Weiss (Eck Industries Inc., USA)
  • Vijay Alreja (VJ Technologies Inc., USA)
  • Nicola Gramegna (Spring Consortium, Italy)
  • Randy Beals (Magna International, USA)
  • Sean Kelly (Solvus Global, USA)




  • Al Production in a Bigger Picture
  • Al Industry - Structural Evolution and Recent Dynamics

Scenario & General Picture

  • Industry 4.0 and Circular Economy – Impact on the World of Metals
  • Al Value Chain

Metal Processing, Properties & Product Quality

  • Al Metal – Properties and Applications
  • Fundamentals of Molten Al Metal Processing
  • Industrial Processes and Practices to Attain High Integrity Molten Al Metal
  • Evolution of Molten Al Metal Quality – Measures and Controls

Solidification & Casting

  • Overview of Al Solidification Principles
  • Al Casting Processes and Technologies
  • Simulation of Microstructure Evolution in Al – from Melt to Operations
  • Control of Microstructure in Cast Al Alloys

Defects & their Control

  • Castability of Al Alloys
  • Defects in Al Castings – Methods of Analysis and Control
  • Advanced NDE Techniques – High Energy Source Techniques
  • Structural Characterization and Methods for Detection of Defects in Al
  • Advanced Systems for Process Monitoring and Quality Prediction of Industrial Al Castings

Heat Treatment

  • Post-Solidification Thermal Processing of Al Alloys – Fundamentals
  • Heat Treatment of Al – Commercial Applications

Recycling & Sustainability

  • Al Perspective on Sustainable Mobility & Circular Cities
  • Potential of Recycled Al Alloys
  • Secondary Al Production: Value Creation Through Enabling Recycling Technologies
  • Strategies for Eco-Sustainable Design of Al Alloys

Future Outlook on Processing & Products

  • Al Alloy Development – Emerging Trends and Opportunities
  • Al Foundry Processes – Emerging Trends and Opportunities

Life Cycle Analyses

  • The Role of Al in the Socio-Economic Metabolism
  • Dynamic Material Flow Analyses (MFA) Models for Al Scenarios
  • Use of Dynamic MFA to Plan for Wrought Al Recycling at End-of-Life

Closing Remarks

  • A Vision of Global Al Recycling


  • Laboratories at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, NTNU (optional)



The language at the summer school is English.



The lectures will take place at the Glöshaugen Campus of NTNU, in lecture room R9, Realfagsbygget, Høgskoleringen 5, 7034 Trondheim, Norway.



The registration to the summer school will be opened from January 15th, 2020 until July 15th, 2020. After this date, registration will be possible if places are still available. The participation fee will include course material, meals and framework programme.



The aluminium summer school is a joint effort between Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), Padova University (DTG), and RWTH Aachen University (RWTH) organised and coordinated by:

Diran Appelian. Photo

Diran Apelian

WPI & UC Irvine, USA

Carl Søderhjelm. Photo

Carl Søderhjelm


Franco Bonollo. Photo

Franco Bonollo

DTG, Italy

Andreas Buhling-Polaczek. Photo

Andreas Buhling-Polaczek

RWTH Aachen, Germany

Lars Arnberg. Photo

Lars Arnberg

NTNU, Norway

Ragnhild E. Aune. Photo

Ragnhild E. Aune

NTNU, Norway

Trondheim travel and Accomodation

Trondheim and How to Get Here

The vibrant city of Trondheim is home to some of Norway’s most popular attractions, cosy shopping streets and many restaurants and bars offering local specialties. The Nidarosdomen cathedral is an impressive sight and a national sanctuary of Norway, built over the grave of St. Olav. Work began in 1070, but the oldest parts still in existence date from the middle of the 12th century. 

View of Kristiansten Fortress with Trondheim City in the background. Photo

The wide range of things to do may in part be attributed to the city’s students who leave their mark on the city in many different ways. Popular museums with exciting exhibitions include the National Museum of Decorative Arts, the Trondheim Museum of Art and the Archbishop’s Palace Museum. A museum that stands in strong contrast to these is Rockheim, Norway’s national museum of popular music.

There are several options for getting to Trondheim and around

By plane

Trondheim Airport Værnes serves international and national flights. From the airport you can go by express bus or train to Trondheim.

By train

The Norwegian State Railways, NSB, operates four daily trains between Oslo and Trondheim on the Dovre line. The journey takes approximately 7 hours. Trondheim can also be reached by train from many other Norwegian cities.

By bus

There are several daily bus departures from Oslo and other major cities to Trondheim. Travel time from Oslo is around 8 hours.

By car

The Norwegian north-south highway E6 passes Trondheim, while the coastal highway E39 has its terminus at Klett, 10 km south of Trondheim.

By boat

Both north-bound and south-bound, Hurtigruten, The Norwegian Coastal Voyage, calls daily at Trondheim.

Local travel

Bus travel in Trondheim is operated by AtB, which offers a network of routes covering nearly the entire city. There are frequent departures during the day, less frequent during evenings.



Rooms can be booked at a discounted price at the following Scandic Hotels in Trondheim, see the registration form. All rooms include breakfast, and it is possible to add on one extra night before and one after the Aluminium Summer School to the same discounted rate, i.e. from Sunday 2/8 to Saturday 8/8.


Scandic Nidelven


One of Trondheim's largest full-service conference hotels that are perfectly located in the city center. Serves Norway's best hotel breakfast and has one of the top-notch hotel kitchens in the country. 343 hotel rooms, 22 meeting rooms, bar and restaurant, modern fitness room, airport shuttle, close to the train and central station.

Single room: NOK 1290/night
Double room: NOK 1490/night


Scandic Lerkendal


Trondheim's newest hotel with the city's largest conference rooms. One of the world's most environmentally friendly buildings. Spectacular cloud bar on the 21st floor. Close to Lerkendal Stadium, NTNU, Sintef and St. Olavs Hospital. 396 hotel rooms, 50 meeting rooms, bistro restaurant and bar, airport shuttle, and parking.

Single room:  890 NOK/night
Double room: 990 NOK/night (or 495 NOK/person)
Triple room: 1190 NOK/night (or 397 NOK/person)
Quadruple room: 1390 NOK/night (or 348 NOK/person)


Scandic Solsiden


Very centrally location at the vibrant Solsiden in Trondheim close to restaurants, bars and Solsiden shopping center. 155 hotel rooms, 10 meeting rooms, lobby bar and restaurant, airport shuttle, and parking.

Single room:  1140 NOK/night
Double room: 1240 NOK/night (or 620 NOK/person)


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