A small delegation of ISMAN Prof. A.G. Merzhanov,
Prof. I.P. Borovinskaya, and Dr. A.E. Sytschev took part in the bilateral
mini-symposium on SHS at the Wuhan University of Technology (WUT) by invitation from Prof. R.Z. Yuan,
Honorary President of WUT. The program included 7 plenary lectures. Prof. A.G. Merzhanov
(SHS Research, Development, Production and Application) talked about recent achievements of ISMAN.
Prof. I.P. Borovinskaya (SHS Ceramics: Synthesis, Technology and Application) reviewed
the newest results obtained in the field of SHS ceramics. Dr. A.E. Sytschev
(SHS Meetings: Historical Sketch) delivered a rich-illustrated lecture on the history of SHS.
Prof. C.C. Ge (Some Development of SHS: FGM, SiC synthesis, HIP materials processing) overviewed
the recent data obtained in his laboratory at the University of Science and Technology (Beijing).
Prof. S.Y. Du (Composite Mechanics and SHS) talked about composite materials. Interesting lectures
have been presented by the hosts Prof. R.Z. Yuan (Some Considerations about SHS Development) and
Prof. Ñ.Ñ. Fu (Some Results of SHS: Nano materials, SHS welding, Multilayers materials, Magnetic
Materials, Mathematical Modeling, etc).
The lecture hall was overcrowded with young folks, students of WUT.
In discussions, Prof. A.G. Merzhanov informed about his intention to organize
the SHS Association in collaboration with Prof. P. Vincenzini (Italy). Also discussed were the oncoming
II Bilateral Sino-Russian Workshop on SHS (China, 2004), programs of cooperation, participation rate of
Chinese papers in Int. J. SHS, etc. Prof. R.Z. Yuan informed about the existing plans for practical
implementation of SHS in China. The ISMAN visitors highly appreciated the Chinese achievements in SHS
R & D and a leading role of Prof. R.Z. Yuan, Prof. C.C. Ge, and
Prof. S.Y. Du.
The mini-symposium in Wuhan was a meeting of old friends which also remembered the previous
joint actions: the first visit to China of the ISMAN experts headed by Prof. Borovinskaya, III International
Symposium on SHS in 1995, and foundation of Sino-Russian Research Center on SHS in China. It was a concerted
work of the Russian and Chinese workers that gave an impetus to extensive development of SHS in China. In the
Merzhanov's opinion, the Chinese SHS, being still behind the Russian one by its extensity and intensity, is
already ahead by the pace of development.
It was found reasonable to hold the II Bilateral Sino-Russian Workshop on SHS
(tentatively in China). The Chinese colleagues accepted an invitation to come to Chernogolovka (just
after the SHS Symposium in Cracow) as the guests of the I French-Russian Workshop on SHS.