By Sophie Zhang & Snow Zhao
December 10, 2018
Earlier this month, Rong Bin Li, dean of the SDJU School of Materials Science, and deputy executive director of the Shanghai Collaborative Innovation Centre of Manufacturing Technology for Heavy Castings and Forgings (CICHCF), travelled to Sichuan with SDJU and CICHCF faculty in order to host a marquee two-day conference, and on-site visits in Deyang, Sichuan. The local heavy equipment manufacturers like EHEC and DTC attracted some of the world’s most influential and innovative business leaders, entrepreneurs, and academics for investigation and recommendation.
The International Conference about Industrial Development of Heavy Castings and Forgings, which took place in Deyang on Dec. 5 and 6, and which was hosted in partnership with EHEC, highlighted the longstanding relationship between industry and university, and the prevailing mechanism of collaborative innovation. More than 130 experts from over 40 companies, research institutes and universities attended the conference.
The conference centred on subjects of transformation and updating of heavy castings and forgings. A mix of speakers from SDJU and CICHCF and from companies around the world discussed the frontiers of green manufacturing technology; the design and construction of the Hualong One; the development of 9Cr martensitic steels, and of the heavy forgings of 500KJ hydraulic pile hammer; and the industrial trial of double guard rings, etc. Additionally, the audience heard from Bao Zhong Wang, CICHCF distinguished researcher, for the keynote speech.
‘This is the sixth Conference about Industrial Development of Heavy Castings and Forgings, for which the number of attendees has increased from 20 at first to 130 now, because the quality of service provided by hosting corporates has improved,’ said Li in opening remarks. ‘As a distinctive example of collaborative innovation, CICHCF focuses on the core technologies of nuclear power, gas turbine, and thermal power, etc., which are urgently needed for national economic construction,’ Li continued.
‘The goal of the conference is to prompt thorough communication, to stimulate ideas and solutions to the greatest puzzles encountered in the industrial development of heavy castings and forgings,’ said Li Chengjin, deputy mayor of Deyang City.
In conjunction with the conference, the University hosted an on-site visit to a National Key Laboratory within DTC, the backbone of the country’s high-tech industry specializing in the development and manufacture of power equipment for various kinds of power stations and new energy resources in China. DTC is located in the high-tech industrial park in Deyang as the heavy equipment manufacturing base of China. In the long term, DTC plans, oriented simultaneously by market and capitalism, to target at the optimization of thermal, nuclear, gas and wind power and the development of new energy.