The 2013 Byron Bird Award
for Excellence in a Research Publication
elding is a technology crucial to many industries, including automotive, aerospace, electronics and many others. Often caused by materials-related problems, weld failures jeopardize the overall safety of such structures as ships, oil platforms, gas pipelines, bridges and skyscrapers. Yet, while the applications of welding are widespread, the welding research community is quite small.
Among the world's top welding researchers, Materials Science and Engineering Professor Sindo Kou has made a big mark in that community. A fellow of the American Welding Society and of ASM International, he has conducted pioneering research, including coupled 3-D thermo-fluids weld modeling. His papers on heat flow and fluid flow in complex welding systems today are recognized as classics.
In particular, his textbook Welding Metallurgy significantly contributes to the science of welding. Through the book, Kou has provided a unique, in-depth analysis of several materials-related problems in welding. Yet, unlike other welding metallurgy books that typically explain materials-related problems based on experience in welding, Kou’s textbook approaches them based on such fundamental principles as transport phenomena in materials processing, metallurgical chemical reactions, mechanical behavior of materials, solidification, and solid-state phase transformations. “While other texts have been published on the subject, no other text provides the level of fundamental detail provided in Welding Metallurgy that cuts across all the diverse fields required to fully address the subject,” says colleague John DuPont, the R.D. Stout Distinguished Professor of materials science and engineering at Lehigh University.
The resulting book contains more than 500 article citations and is the first of its kind to incorporate extensive research results. It now is an essential reference volume for researchers and practicing engineers in welding and, because of Kou’s dedication to teaching excellence, also is a clearly written, well-organized textbook for students interested in welding. Its first edition was published in 1987; today, it has been translated into several languages and Kou now is preparing the book’s third edition. “I believe his book can never be replaced by any other one, since it is the most comprehensive and authoritative text in this field,” says colleague Sundarsanam Suresh Babu, a professor of materials science and engineering at Ohio State University.