“After having been postponed from 2020 to 2022, finally the 14th International conference on Shot Peening took place, hosted at Politenico Milano, in the buildings of the Campus Bovisa. Despite my fear, ICSP14 attracted the peening community that after five years could meet in person and discuss about the latest developments in the field. More than 160 delegates attended the conference, from Europe (with strong delegations from Germany, France and Italy), North America (USA and Canada), Asia (Japan, Singapore, Korea and China). There were also 19 exhibitors presenting their latest products and developments.
We missed the Chinese delegates, the majority of whom could not participate due to the COIVD restrictions. However, we arranged an on-line connection to allow them
to present their work remotely. And this was appreciated by the speakers and by the audience!
The plenary lectures were given by leaders in the field: Martin Levesque talked about the numerous activities on course at the École Polytechnique Montréal, with multiscale approaches for modelling and impressive experimental tests; Domenico Furfari and Yongxiang Xu discussed what is going on in laser shock peening at Airbus and at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, respectively. Emmanuelle Rouhaud illustrated the work done on SMAT at Université Troyes and Pierangelo Duó, described how shot peening is implemented at Rolls Royce Germany.
More than 90 scientific presentations were discussed during the parallel sessions. Among these latter, the great success of the session dedicated to shot peening for post-processing of additive manufactured parts can be underlined: the studies on Ti alloys, Inconel, stainless steels, as well as the methods developed for assessing the improvement of the fatigue endurance and strength of additive manufactured parts attracted the interest and the curiosity of the audience with many questions and answers.
The sessions covered the different aspects related to the peening treatments and their applications. I personally find impressive the great advancement done in the field of shot peening as post treatment for additive manufacturing and the progress in the field of simulation and definition of digital twins!
Congratulations to Ivan Bogachev (Univ. Cambridge, UK), Jan Kaufman (CTU Prague, Czech Republic) and to Maxime Paques, who have been awarded with the Student Best Paper Award. Excellent work!
The delegates also enjoyed the social events: the networking reception in the garden Campus Leonardo, the Gala Dinner at La Triennale Milano, and the cultural visit at Museo Novecento.
Finally, I have the pleasure to announce that the next ICSP15 will be hosted at the University of Purdue (Indiana, USA), chaired by prof. Bahr. See you there, in 2025!”