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Gleeble WEbinar Series 

An interactive online meeting place for researchers to discuss how the Gleeble can help solve material challenges. 



As we all adapt to the challenges of working remotely, it is important to stay connected. To better support and empower Gleeble users, DSI is hosting a series of interactive Gleeble discussions. We invite you to join us.

Each webinar will focus on different topics, ranging from specific training and best practices to applications and research presentations. Our goal will be to keep each meeting under an hour with a short presentation by one of our experts, followed by Q&A if time permits.

We look forward to connecting with you soon.  If you have any questions, or ideas for topics that you would like covered during a webinar, please don't hesitate to contact us. (

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Upcoming Webinars:

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Episode 16 Thursday, August 13, 2020

Special Devices, Features and Programming Applications for the Gleeble Platform

Description: Dr. Péter Bereczki from the University of Dunaújváros has worked with the Gleeble for years and will present several unique testing procedures and share some of the research work he and his team are performing. Topics will include:

> New features and devices: 3-point bending application with crack displacement and strain field tracking
> Enlarged uniaxial compression tests to model the microstructure evolution during the early stage of reversing hot rolling of aluminum alloys
> New programming applications: Enhanced control program to perform accurate strain and strain rate for multiaxial forging on MaxStrain

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Episode 17 Thursday, August 20, 2020

Laboratory Supported Technology Development for Metal Forming

Description: When developing new products, the option to try out the innovative idea on a small scale is crucial. In metal processing, the chain from the melt to the finished product is long and has many process parameters. It is impossible to try them all, and the decision-makers in industrial production are often only able to draw on their experience when developing new technologies. An alternative is the evaluation and validation utilizing small scale experiments - through experimental simulation using a Gleeble test equipment.

With data from experiments and microstructure analysis, new processes can be designed efficiently and effectively. Using the example of high-strength low-alloyed steels with retained austenite, we will present the advantages of Gleeble equipment in evaluating various process parameters along the entire production chain. These include the temperature ranges of continuous casting, the hot rolling strategy and temperature control during cooling. The developed technology was tested in a pilot plant in laboratory scale and then implemented in large-scale production. The results of this project successfully concluded with a patent are presented.

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Past Webinars:

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Episode 15 Thursday, August 6, 2020

The Gleeble at X-Ray Scattering and Thermo-Mechanical Simulation (XTMS) Beamline – Brazil

Description: Professor Julian Arnaldo Avila Diaz from São Paulo State University (UNESP) has experience using the Gleeble installed in the experimental beamline XTMS at the Brazilian Synchrotron Light Laboratory (LNLS). He will discuss his experience using this equipment to study the phase transformation of select steels and summarize the capabilities of the facility. Prof. Ávila will also review some published works and will talk briefly about the plans of a group of researchers for a new beamline at the recently built synchrotron source at the LNLS, Sirius.

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Episode 14 Thursday, July 30, 2020

Forming and hot stamping operations with presentations from FAU Erlangen and Imperial College London 

Material Characterisation for Improved Process Layout of Forming Operations
Engineer Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Marion Merklein, FAU, Erlangen
Description: Professor Marion Merklein is head of the Institute of Manufacturing Technology (LFT) at the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg in Germany and has many years of experience with Gleeble systems. In her presentation, she will give a comprehensive overview of the possibilities for using temperature-dependent material characterisation in sheet metal and bulk metal forming. The temperature-dependent material behaviour can be modeled based on experimental material parameters, which improves numerical analysis and therefore process design. One of the current research topics at the institute is the investigation of correlations between the process temperature and the forming behaviour of high strain hardening materials for the manufacturing of self-piercing rivets. Another focus is on the characterisation of boron-manganese steel alloys for improving the design of hot stamping processes. In particular, the measurement of phase transformation is a key factor, which is analysed by the LUMet system.

Characterisation of Thermal-Mechanical Properties of Materials at Hot Stamping Conditions 
By Professor Jianguo Lin and Dr Zhutao Shao, Imperial College London 
Description: Over the last 10 years, Prof Lin’s team at Imperial College London has developed new experimental methods using the Gleeble to characterise thermal-mechanical properties of materials at hot stamping conditions. In this webinar, Prof Lin will present case studies on how Gleeble and innovative fixtures are used to generate thermal-mechanical data of materials, including stress-strain curves and forming limit diagrams at high temperatures, by uni-axial and multi-axial tests under hot stamping conditions. The uniformity of temperature control and the accuracy of data collection and data post-processing will also be discussed.

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Episode 13 Thursday, July 23, 2020

Guest Speaker Prof. Damien Fabrègue: Phase Transformations in Metallic Alloys and Gleeble Case Studies

Description: Guest speaker Professor Damien Fabrègue from INSA Lyon in France has been using the Gleeble for 20 years and has completed very innovative work using the Gleeble platform. Damien shared some of his experiences and research with the Gleeble, including two case studies - one on the thermo-mechanical process to develop a new bainitic steel - as well as an example of recrystallization in steels using the MAXStrain Mobile Conversion Unit.

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Episode 12 Thursday, July 16, 2020 

Gleeble Community Frequently Asked Questions and Panel Discussion

Description: The DSI team reviewed frequently asked questions and discussed common themes related to Gleeble simulations. The panel reviewed past questions from webinars as well as common questions posed to our technical team. 

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Episode 11 Thursday, July 9, 2020

Gleeble Casting and Semi-Solid Processing Simulations

Description: Dr. Wayne Chen, a longtime Gleeble user and expert provides an overview of physical simulation of casting processes that are possible in the Gleeble as well as offers best practices and recommendations. Dr. Chen reviewed industrial casting processes, casting simulation techniques, castability map development and the simulation of the continuous casting and direct rolling process.

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Episode 10 Thursday, July 2, 2020

Using the Gleeble to Study Cracking in Welds - Guest Speaker: John C. Lippold, Professor Emeritus The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH USA

Description: The “Gleeble” was originally developed to study metallurgical behavior and cracking associated with the heat-affected zone (HAZ) of welds. The hot ductility test was developed in the 1950s and is still widely used today to study liquation-related and solid-state cracking in the HAZ of structural materials. This presentation briefly reviewed the basic mechanisms that cause cracking in welds and highlighted tests developed using the Gleeble that can be used to evaluate susceptibility to these forms of cracking. Specifically, the 1) hot ductility, 2) strain-to-fracture, and 3) reheat cracking tests were described.

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Episode 9 Thursday, June 25, 2020 

Gleeble Webinar Series - Guest Speaker Dr. Carl Slater from WMG on Gleeble Case Studies at Warwick

Description: Episode 9 in the Gleeble Webinar Series featured a guest presentation by Dr. Carl Slater from the University of Warwick, UK. Dr. Slater provided an introduction to the Advanced Steel Research Centre, and presented a range of case studies on how Gleeble systems fit within their rapid alloys production suite and how they use Gleeble equipment to simulate the steel making process. Case studies range from next generation ultra-high temperature forming/forging, liquid inclusion - liquid steel deformation, recrystallisation optimisation and understanding the impact of aspects such as segregation on downstream processing.

Additionally, Dr Slater shared some of the modelling and past experiences that help get the most out of Gleeble systems and allows high quality metallurgical assessment of samples post-deformation.

Dr. Slater is a Senior Research Fellow in the Advanced Steel Processing Group at the Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG) at the University of Warwick, UK and has been working with Gleeble systems for over 10 years. WMG currently operates a Gleeble HDS-V40, a Gleeble 3800 as well as Torsion and Strip Annealing Mobile Conversion Units (MCUs).

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Episode 8 Thursday, June 18, 2020

Episode 8 - Gleeble Strip Annealing Capabilities  

Description: A review of strip annealing applications and simulations possible in the Gleeble and how these can be used to speed product development, optimize chemistry, minimize scrap and secondary, improve scheduling, and even develop processing to salvage off-chemistry or miss-processed coils. Dr. Brian Allen reviewed the current testing options available including the "2-Inch Strip Annealing" fixture in our General Purpose Mobile Conversion Unit (MCU) as well as the "Large Sample Strip Annealing MCU". Additionally, Brian discussed the new Gleeble 525 Strip Annealing Simulator which is a dedicated strip annealing simulator built on the new Gleeble 500 series platform.

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Episode 7  Thursday, June 11, 2020

Gleeble Hot Rolling and TMCP Studies

Description: The knowledge of parameters such as roll forces, active softening mechanisms as well as the characterization of microstructural evolution is of utmost importance to improve and optimize industrial hot rolling. This webinar, hosted by Dr. Fulvio Siciliano, starts with a brief review of the metallurgical processes that take place during hot rolling and then outlines how the Gleeble platform can be used to simulate these processes. Additionally, industrial hot rolling cases were discussed to demonstrate how Gleeble results can be successfully applied to production.

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Episode 6 Thursday, June 4, 2020

New Gleeble Features, Enhancements and Beta Projects

Description: The Gleeble was originally developed in the 1950s. Since then, the platform has evolved through novel designs and innovations for nearly seven decades. The DSI Engineering team, in collaboration with many of our customers, has continued to add capabilities and develop technology enhancements. Based on feedback from previous webinars, Dan Quigley, Director of Business Development presented a brief overview of Gleeble systems with a focus on new product developments that have been made to support new avenues of research.

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Episode 5 Thursday, May 28, 2020

Dilatometry Applications using the Gleeble Platform 

Description: Dilatometry is one of the most popular applications studied in the Gleeble. While dilatometry tests can be relatively simple to perform in the Gleeble, it is important to review best practices and test setup to ensure accurate, repeatable results. Dr. Brian Allen provided an overview of the application and discussed the value of dilatometry, followed by Mr. Eric Deitz, DSI System Service Engineer who provided more detail on best practices and procedures when performing dilatometry tests.

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Episode 4 Thursday, May 21, 2020

Recrystallization Studies Using the Gleeble Platform

Description: Dr. Fulvio Siciliano, Metallurgist and Senior Application Consultant at DSI has many years of experience on recrystallization and hot rolling with focus on microstructure and rolling load evolution during steel processing. Fulvio provided an overview of recrystallization and Gleeble applications that support research and optimization in this important field of study.

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Episode 3 Thursday, May 14, 2020

Gleeble Webinar Series - Uniaxial Compression Best Practices

Description: Dr. Brian Allen, DSI CTO and Chief Metallurgist and Mr. Eric Deitz, DSI System Service Engineer provided a high level overview and details on best practices when performing uniaxial compression tests using the Gleeble R&D Platform.

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Episode 2 Thursday, May 7, 2020

Gleeble Platform Best Practices

Description: Dr. Wayne Chen, a longtime Gleeble user and the leader of the China Gleeble Office presented “Gleeble Platform Best Practices”  which includes a high level overview of how the Gleeble can be used as an R&D platform and a discussion of basic Gleeble principles, test design and application of data

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Episode 1 Thursday, April 30, 2020

Procedure for starting up the Gleeble after an extended shut down

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Gleeble systems have been trusted by leading industry, universities, and research institutions for over 60 years:
  • Atilim University
  • Cal Poly
  • Chemnitz University
  • Colorado School of Mines
  • EPFL
  • ETS
  • FAU
  • Freiberg
  • Imperial
  • Iowa State University
  • Lehigh
  • LNLS
  • Lulea
  • Mississippi State
  • Ostrava
  • Oulu
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  • SAIL
  • Swansea
  • Swerea Kimab
  • Tata
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  • TU Graz
  • TU Wien
  • TU Delft
  • UBC
  • UConn
  • University West
  • Waterloo
  • Wits
  • Wollongong

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