Only one paper in each of six tracks was awarded Best of Track; one additional paper was awarded the Best of ET ’12.

The Best of Track papers and their authors is as follows

Billet Process & Equipment

The Influence of Iron Content on the Tensile Properties and Anodizing Response of AA6060 Extrusions

Lisa Sweet and Mark A. Easton, CAST CRC, Australia

Suming Zhu, Monash University, Australia

Xinquan Zhang, Rio Tinto Alcan, Australia

Extrusion/Die Practical

Influence of Die Bearing Geometry on Surface Recrystallization of 6xxx Extrusions

Nick Parson, Alexandre Maltais, and Chris Jowett, Rio Tinto Alcan, Canada

Extrusion/Die Theoretical

Surface Pick-up Formation: New Limits in the Limit Diagram

Andrew J. den Bakker, Nedal Aluminum B.V., Netherlands

Xiao Ma, M2i Materials Innovation Institute, Netherlands

Matthijn De Rooji, University of Twente, Netherlands

Robert J. Werkhoven, TNO Science and Industry, Netherlands

Extrusion Equipment

Heavy Duty Extrusion Presses for Large Profile Applications

Axel Bauer, SMS Meer GmbH, Germany

Management Issues

Is Operational Modeling Worth the Effort? Using Simple Spreadsheet Models of Extrusion Operations to Ask “What If?” Questions Regarding Equipment and Profiles

Craig Werner, Werner Extrusion Solutions LLC, USA

Value-Added Processes

Trace Elements and their Impact on the Surface Finishing Characteristics of Aluminum Extrusions

Jude Mary Runge, Comprehensive Metallurgical Consulting, USA

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