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Dr. Betzalel Avitzur

Betz at desk Dr. Avitzur has been a Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Lehigh University since 1964, founded the Institute for Metal Forming there and became its director. He heads the Loewy chair since 1993, when the chair was established. He is teaching and doing research and consulting in metal flow and gross plastic deformation.

From October 1961 to September 1964, Dr. Avitzur was appointed as Senior Lecturer at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Department of Mechanical Engineering.

From 1959-1961 he was employed at the Ford Motor Co., Scientific Laboratory. His work included the study of the mechanical processes of plastic working of metals, such as rolling, wire drawing and extrusion, and spinning. He was involved in a feasibility study for the automation of a rolling mill. He also participated in a study of ultra-high strength steels, investigating different deformation-temperature histories and their effects on the material properties.

Dr. Avitzur received his early education in mechanical engineering at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, graduating with a B.Sc. and Dip.Ing. in July 1949. During the years 1949-1954, he was engaged in Government research and development work in Israel. In 1955, he came to the University of Michigan where he gained his doctorate. His studies were primarily concerned with the plasticworking of metals and his thesis for the degree of Ph.D. was a study of the power spinning operation.

Dr. Avitzur is a member of the Editorial Boards of the "Journal of Mechanical Working Technology", and of several professional society committees (metal forming and lubrication divisions).

Dr. Avitzur was elected a Fellow in The American Society of Mechanical Engineers in May 1982. He is a reciepient of the ASME "Blackall Machine Tool and Gage Award" for 1988, and became an Honorary Member of the Japan Society of Technology of Plasticity (JSTP) in 1993.

Dr. Avitzur is the author of numerous technical papers and four books entitled, "Metal Forming: Processes and Analysis," "Metal Forming: The Application of Limit Analysis," "Handbook of Metal-Forming Processes." and, co-authored with Dr. S. Talbert, "Elementary Mechanics of Plastic Flow in Metal Forming." Dr. Avitzur also Co-edited with Prof. Chester Van-Tyne the book entitled, "Production to Near Net Shape."

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Dr. Avitzur's personal involvement in metalforming (ref168 in Publications listing)
(from a presentation given to the Third International Conference on Technology of Plasticity)

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Monday April 26 2010

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