20 - 22 August 2019


Processes and Systems in Manufacturing

Hotel Bangi-Putrajaya, Selangor, Malaysia

International Conference on


Abstract Deadline
31 January 2019

28 February 2019

Abstract Acceptance

15 March 2019

30 April 2019

Full Paper Deadline

31 March 2019

Full Paper Acceptance

30 April 2019

Payment Deadline

31 May 2019

About APSIM2019

APSIM2019 will be held in conjunction with the Mechanical Engineering Multi-Conference (Mech-UKM 2019 https://www.mech-ukm.com). The conference will focus on advances in the understanding of both the fundamental and applied aspects of advanced process and systems of materials in manufacturing and will provide a progressive international forum for researchers and practising engineers from different disciplines to interact and exchange their latest understandings. The conference is also unique for its paper submission process with full peer review in collaboration with the high impact journals to ensure technical quality of presentations.


All researchers, engineers and postgraduate students with materials & manufacturing background from universities, research institutions, and various industries are cordially invited to participate in this conference.

  • Machining Technology

  • Metals, Alloy Design & Foundry Technology

  • Ceramics & Polymer Composite Processing

  • Welding & Joining Technology

  • Design for Manufacturing

  • Automation and Robotics

  • Failure Analyses

  • Artificial Intelligence

  • Virtual Manufacturing

  • Additive Manufacturing

  • Operational Research Applications

  • Quality Systems and Management

  • Manufacturing Ergonomics

  • Supply Chain Management

  • Sustainability & Green Manufacturing

  • Lean Manufacturing

  • Powder Metallurgy

  • Nanostructured Materials



Professor Zenji Horita is a Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering in Kyushu University. He is the Director of International Research Centre on Giant Straining for Advanced Materials. He is also one of the Principal Investigator in the International Institute of Carbon-Neutral Energy Research. Professor Horita is among the world key researchers in the Severe Plastic Deformation research area. He was awarded The Medal of Honor from the Emperor of Japan (Purple Ribbon) for his research accomplishments.

      Prof. Zenji Horita obtained his Bachelor and Master degrees in Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan, and received his PhD in 1983 from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles CA, USA. He was a distinguished professor in the Graduate School of Engineering, Kyushu University, and was concurrently appointed a principal investigator of the International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research (I2CNER) and the director of the International Research Center on Giant Straining for Advanced Materials (IRC-GSAM) in Kyushu University. He was a visiting professor of Arizona State University in USA (1991-1992), the University of Ancona in Italy (2003) and the University of Rouen in France (2010, 2016). He is now the Professor Emeritus of Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan, and is currently working as a professor of the Kyushu Institute of Technology, Kitakyushu, Japan and a professor of Saga University, Saga, Japan. His research has been dedicated to materials development using processes of SPD (Severe Plastic Deformation) with evaluation of mechanical properties and microstructural characterization. He has been engaged in producing high-performance materials with structural and functional properties well enhanced by SPD processes such as Equal-Channel angular Pressing (ECAP), High-Pressure Torsion (HPT) and High-Pressure Sliding (HPS). He has explored not only the mechanisms for the enhanced properties but also practical application of the SPD-processed materials.

     Prof. Horita has authored more than 670 papers in refereed journals and is receiving more than 35200 citations with h-index of 93 (Google Scholar Citations). He is the editor-in-chief of Materials Transactions monthly published from the Japan Institute of Metals and Materials (JIM). He is also a member of the JIM, the Japanese Society of Microscopy (JSM), the Iron and Steel Institute of Japan (ISIJ), the Japan Institute of Light Metals (JILM) and The Metallurgical Society (TMS).

Prof. Horita was awarded for his achievements in research and development. Among them are

  • The John E. Dorn Memorial Award, University of California, Berkeley (1984) 

  • The Honda Memorial Young Researcher Award, The Honda Memorial Foundation (1985)

  • The Japan Institute of Metals and Materials Meritorious Award (1999)

  • Sōmiya Award, The International Union of Materials Research Societies (IUMRS) (2005)

  • The Commendation for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (2011)

  • The Japan Institute of Metals and Materials Distinguished Contribution Award (2013)

  • The Honda Frontier Award, The Honda Memorial Foundation (2013)

  • The Medal of Honor with Purple Ribbon, the Japanese Cabinet (2015)

  • The Japan Institute of Metals and Materials Murakami Memorial Award (2017)

  • The NanoSPD Achievement Award, NanoSPD Organizing Committee (2017)

  • The Best Award of the Japan Institute of Light Metals (2018)

Severe plastic deformation under high pressure for producing enhanced mechanical and functional properties

Zenji Horita

Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan

WPI, International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research (WPI-I2CNER), Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan

Abstract  Processing through severe plastic deformation (SPD) is effective for grain refinement to the submicrometer and/or nanometer range in bulk metallic materials. When the SPD process is performed under high pressure as high-pressure torsion (HPT) and high-pressure sliding (HPS), its applicability is further promoted: (1) second phase particles in the metal matrix are fragmented to a fine dispersion of nanosized particles; (2) dissolution of the second phase particles may occur; (3) consolidation of powders at lower temperatures and thus alloying is attained through solid-state reaction; (4) fabrication of metal-matrix composites is feasible without sintering process; (5) nanostructure control is achieved through subsequent combination with annealing or aging; (6) pressure- and/or strain-induced phase transformation occurs. With such peculiar features, it is possible to enhance not only mechanical properties such as strength and ductility but also functionality of materials such as hydrogen storage capability, electrical conductivity, superconductivity, and many others.