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Award Ceremony Highlights: Honda Prize 2014
Mr. Ishida / President of Honda Foundation, Dr.Helmut Clemens, Mrs.Ruth Clemens, Mr. Tsutomu Honda / Adivisor of Honda Foundation
This year’s laureate was Dr. Helmut Clemens, Head of the Department of Physical Metallurgy and Materials Testing at the Montanuniversität Leoben, Austria for his eminent achievements in the development of light-weight structural intermetallic titanium aluminides, so-called ɤ-TiAl based alloys
Movie of The Laureate
Dr. Clemens's Commemorative Speech:
On the other hand, however, the climate change due to CO2 emission which progress of modern civilization brought about is so severe that we need new, environmentally-friendly innovations by novel advanced materials. Aircraft is one of those, thus “Geared Turbofan,” fuel-efficient engine for next generation has been developed. This engine utilizes our newly-developed intermetallic titanium aluminides, so-called TNM alloys. Titanium aluminides have shortcomings, that is, low ductility at room temperature and extremely difficult forgeability even at high temperatures. However, I successfully developed intermetallic titanium aluminides which exhibits adaptive properties, for example, “soft” when hot-worked and “hard” when used as structural components with applying the most advanced experimental methods, such as computer simulation in atomic scale and novel in-situ techniques to study phase transition during processes.
This engine is being realized, which will be the highlight in a materials scientist’s life. Every one of us must do her or his share to create a “truly humane civilization.”
Congratulatory Addresses by Guests of Honor
- His Excellency Dr. Bernhard ZimburgAustrian Ambassador to Japan
- Dr. Masao TakeyamaProfessor, Toykyo Institute of Technology
- Mr. Fumihiko IkePresident, Honda Motor Co., Ltd.