Solidification Course 2021

30 May 2021 - 4 June 2021
Switzerland, Villars sur Ollon
Olivier Ludwig
solidification.course [at]

Due to the COVID-19 situation, the organizers had to make the difficult decision to cancel the 2021 edition. Information about the 2022 edition is available here.



For the twenty-ninth consecutive year, Calcom ESI, in collaboration with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Lausanne (EPFL), is organizing a solidification course with the participation of renowned lecturers from Swiss, French, Austrian, Canadian and US universities.



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New Lecture

For the first time in this event series there will also be a lecture on Additive Manufacturing with special emphasis on Rapid Solidification and associated defects.

Although the theoretical background of solidification is reviewed, the course is oriented towards the application of solidification theories to industrial processes. The macroscopic aspects of the processes (transfer phenomena) are addressed together with the formation of microstructures and defects (microscopic phenomena). Connection between macroscopic and microscopic aspects, such as the prediction of microstructures and defects as a function of process parameters, is also emphasized. Examples of the application of these concepts to industrial processes in casting, such as shape casting, continuous casting, additive manufacturing and directional solidification, are given.

Exercises, discussions and films are organized in order to apply, practice and visualize the content of the lectures. Due to the limited number of participants (maximum 40), interactions between the participants and the eight lecturers will allow an optimum transfer of knowledge, during the whole week, as was demonstrated during the previous editions.

Finally, private or group discussions can take place during social hours, evenings and Wednesday afternoon in order to treat more specific problems which the participants may encounter.

The course follows very closely the content of the book “Solidification” by J.A. Dantzig and M. Rappaz.

Who should participate?

This one-week course held in English is designed for engineers and scientists from industry and research centers who wish to improve their knowledge in the field of solidification. Participants should have a degree in materials science, metallurgy, mechanical engineering, physics or chemistry.

The Lecturers

Courses, discussions and exercises will be presented by the following lecturers:

Prof. Christoph Beckermann Professor, University of Iowa, Iowa City, USA
Prof. Hervé Combeau Professor, Lorraine University, Institut Jean Lamour, Nancy, France
Prof. Jon Dantzig Professor Emeritus, University of Illinois, Urbana, USA
Dr. Marco Gremaud EMEA Executive Managing Director, ESI Group, Lausanne, Switzerland
Prof. Matthew John M. Krane Professor, Purdue University, USA
Prof. Andreas Ludwig Professor, Montanuniversitaet Leoben, Austria
Prof. André Phillion Associate Professor, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Canada
Prof. Michel Rappaz Professor Emeritus, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland

Event Location

Hotel "Eurotel Victoria", Villars sur Ollon, Switzerland
Route Des Layeux
1884 Villars-sur-Ollon
Tél. +41 24 495 31 31

How to get there ?

The Eurotel Victoria is located in the Mountain resort in the Swiss Alps and 100km away from Geneva. Please use the train or car to get there. By train it is 2.5 hours far from Geneva Airport and 4.5 hours far from Zurich Airport.


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Phone: +41 21 9259300