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IMS Webinar with George Vander Voort (September 22, 2021)

  • 1.  IMS Webinar with George Vander Voort (September 22, 2021)

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    Hello all, 

    I am sharing the following information for those who may be interested.

    The IMS Career Paths series, "Engineer Your Future", provides insight into the IMS Leadership and how the educational, professional, and sometimes personal paths taken led them to their current positions.

    George Vander Voort, FASM will be discussing one of his consultation works involving the analysis of how holes formed in structural steel beams of the World Trade Center.

    George Vander Voort received his BS in Metallurgical Engineering at Drexel University (1967) and MS in Metallurgy and Materials Science at Lehigh University (1974). He is a world-wide leading expert in microstructural analysis, interpretation and measurement. His entire career has been focused on metallography and the interpretation of microstructure, as well as failure analysis. Although he has an extensive background in the steel and superalloy industry, he has prepared and examined almost all metals and alloys (non-radioactive). He has received 34 awards for his micrographs and they have appeared in advertisements, on magazine covers and numerous micrographs have been used by other authors, more than 135 times. George Vander Voort is also an engineering consultant and has aided metallurgists in many companies with problems. This talk will discuss the observation of holes through the webs of 2 different structural steel beams found after all the rubble was cleaned up after the 9/11 attack. Worcester Polytech Institute has a Fire Protection Department and its head is a member of FEMA. He asked the professors in their Metallurgy Department to explain how these holes formed as when jet aviation fuel is burnt in air it can only reach 1100 ℃ while the melting point of these alloys is above 1500 ℃. George Vander Voort was at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) when the professors told him about the samples and said that they could not determine how it happened.
     


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