The concept of circularity has been a keystone of civilization. Ironically, the field of materials science and engineering has devoted much of its focus on the development of new materials and processes without much thought as to how these will be recovered and reused at end of life. Moreover, the design process for the manufacture of components has led to the production of many goods that cannot be repaired nor serviced. In this keynote presentation, we will review and assess the situation with data that reveals the severity of the problem. This will be followed with solution pathways and specific recommendations to change the paradigm for a sustainable future.
Assoc.Prof.Dr.Caner Simsir had his BSc., MSc and PhD. degrees from the Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering of Middle East Technical University (METU), Turkey in the field of material modeling and simulation of heat treatment of steels. After his PhD., he worked as a research associate in Collaborative Research Center “SFB570 – Distortion Engineering” at Stiftung Institut für Werkstofftechnik (IWT-Bremen) on simulation and material modeling of heat and surface treatments considering the effects of prior manufacturing operations.
In between 2011-2016, he worked as the vice-chairman of “Metal Forming Center of Excellence” of Atilim University, Ankara, Turkey. Starting from 2019, he became a member of the Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering of Middle East Technical University (METU) as an associate professor.
His research interests include multi-physics and multi-scale modeling of manufacturing processes, physical simulation, prediction and measurement of residual stresses. He published numerous papers and contributed to several international handbooks including welknown ASM Handbook.