Edgar Vidal

Affiliate Faculty, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

Edgar Vidal

Education

  • PhD in Metallurgy, University of Idaho Dissertation: Inductively Coupled Plasma Deposition of Barium Ferrite (BaFe12O19) Films
  • MS in Materials Engineering, Simon Bolivar University, Thesis: Thermal Plasma Production of Zirconium Carbide (thesis honored)
  • BS in Materials Engineering, Simon Bolivar University,Thesis: Study of the Intergranular Corrosion of a 316 S.S. partially modified with vanadium

Professional Experience

  • 2010-Present: Sales, Market and Business Development – Materion Beryllium & Composites
  • 2008-2009: Sr. Technologist – Brush Wellman, Inc. (now Materion Brush)
  • 2005-2008: Assistant Professor – Colorado School of Mines
  • 2002-2004: Visiting Scholar – Colorado School of Mines

Research Interests

  • Beryllium and lightweight alloys and composites
  • Thermal plasma processing of materials
  • Materials development for nuclear reactors

Honors and Awards

  • Young Leader Award, The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) (2003)
  • Level I Researcher Award, Venezuelan National Science Foundation (FONACIT) (2001)

Undergraduate and Graduate Theses Supervised

  • Over 20 undergraduate and graduate theses supervised in areas of corrosion, hydrogen damage, chemical metallurgy, and chemical processing.

Professional Societies

The Mineral, Metals and Materials Society (TMS)

  • EPD Rep. for the Content Development & Dissemination Committee
  • Past Chair for the Hydro and Electrometallurgy Committee

American Nuclear Society (ANS)

  • Member of the Materials Science and Technology Committee
  • Member of the Fusion Energy Committee

Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (SME)

  • Former Secretary of the Colorado Section of SME

Invited Speaker

  • “Extraction, Processing and Applications of Beryllium, its Alloys and Composites,” Invited lecturer of the CARAT Seminars at Southern Utah University, October 2010.
  • “Nuclear and Aerospace Applications of Beryllium, its Alloys and Composites,” Invited speaker at the Rocky Mountain Chapter of ASM International, February 4 2010.
  • “Beryllium for Nuclear Applications,” Invited lecture given at Colorado School of Mines, 2008-09.
  • “Thermal Plasma Processing of Materials,” Invited speaker at the Latin American Symposium on Plasma, Caracas, Venezuela, 2007.
  • “Review of Corrosion of Beryllium and Beryllium Alloys,” Invited to speak at the 2006 MS&T Processing and Performance of Beryllium Symposium.
  • “Beryllium: Past, Present and Future,” Invited to speak at the ASM Rocky Mountain Chapter in February 2006.
  • “The Extractive Metallurgy of Beryllium,” Extractive Metallurgy Chapter of Denver, October 13, 2005.
  • “Extractive Metallurgy at Colorado School of Mines,” Extractive Metallurgy Chapter of Denver, December 12, 2004.
  • “Plasma Processing of Materials,” MME Research Seminars, Colorado School of Mines, October, 2002.

Technical Evaluator of Proposals and Manuscripts

  • Research grants evaluator for the National Science Foundation, since 2005
  • Manuscript critical reader for the Metallurgical and Materials Transaction A and B, 2004-2008

Books

  • Main Editor of Beryllium Chemistry and Processing published by ASM International in August of 2009.
  • N.R. Neelameggham, R.G. Reddy, C.K. Belt, and E.E. Vidal, Energy Technology Perspectives: Conservation, Carbon Dioxide Reduction and Production from Alternative Sources, TMS, Warrendale, PA, 2009.

Publications and Presentations

  • E.E. Vidal, “Novel Process for the Synthesis of Flibe for Nuclear Fusion Reactors,” Brush Wellman, Inc., Internal Confidential Report, September 2009.
  • E.E. Vidal, “Surface Cleaning of ToughMet�,” Brush Wellman, Inc., Internal Confidential Report, September 2009.
  • E.E. Vidal, “Technologies and Markets for Beryllium Compounds in Semiconductors and Optical Devices,” Brush Wellman, Inc., Internal Report TM-1554, September 2009.
  • E.E. Vidal, “Beryllium Oxide Additions to Nuclear Fuels and Its Economics,” Brush Wellman, Inc., Internal Report TM-1548, September 2009.
  • E.E. Vidal, “Beryllium Utilization in Pressurized Water Reactor Fuel Assembly,” Brush Wellman, Inc., Internal Report TM-1550, June 2009.
  • C.K. Dorn, W.J. Haws, E.E. Vidal, “A review of physical and mechanical properties of titanium beryllides with specific modern application of TiBe12,” Fusion Engineering and Design Vol. 84, pp. 319–322 (2009).
  • E.E. Vidal and C.K. Dorn, “Past and Current Research Status of Beryllium Intermetallic Compounds,” Proceedings of the 9th International Beryllium Workshop, Almaty, Kazakhstan, September 2009.
  • J.C. Gomez, P.R. Taylor and E.E. Vidal, “Boron Production Via Molten Salt Electrolysis,” Presented at the 2009 TMS Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA.
  • E.E. Vidal, “Beryllium in Nuclear Power Reactors,” Presented at the 2009 TMS Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA.
  • E.E. Vidal, J.C. Gomez and A. Gonzalez, “Thermal Plasma Production of Neodynium-Boron-Iron Nanosized Magnetic Particles,” Presented at the 2007 TMS Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL.
  • A.M. Lambrecht, E.E. Vidal and P.R. Taylor, “Production of Barium Cerate Films Using an Inductively Coupled Plasma Reactor,” Presented at the 2006 MS&T Annual Meeting, Cincinnati, OH.
  • J.C. Gomez, N.E. Labrador, E.E. Vidal and P.R. Taylor, “Aluminum Powder Production from Gibbsite Using a Non-Transferred Arc Thermal Plasma Reactor,” Presented at the 2006 MS&T Annual Meeting, Cincinnati, OH.
  • B. Mishra, E.E. Vidal and D.J. Kaczynski, “Review of Beryllium Extraction Processes,” Presented at the 2006 MS&T Annual Meeting, Cincinnati, OH.
  • S.A. Shuey, J. Montenegro, E.E. Vidal, P.R. Taylor; “Halide Entrapment from Polymers Using Alkali Compounds,” Presented at the 2006 Sohn International Symposium on Advanced Processing of Metals and Materials, San Diego, CA.
  • E.E. Vidal and D.J. Kaczynski, “The Extractive Metallurgy of Beryllium: Current and Future Technologies,” Presented at the 2006 Sohn International Symposium on Advanced Processing of Metals and Materials, San Diego, CA.
  • P.R. Taylor, E.E. Vidal, S.A. Shuey and J.C. Gomez, “Extractive Metallurgy of Vanadium Containing Titaniferous Magnetite Ores: A Review”, Minerals & Metallurgical Processing, 23 (2) (2006) 80-86.
  • P.R. Taylor and E.E. Vidal, “Mathematical Modeling of Leaching Kinetics with Diminishing Driving Forces”, presented at the J.D. Miller Symposium of the 2005 SME Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City, UT.
  • M.G. Irish, P.R. Taylor, E.E. Vidal and M. Jahraus, “On-line Diagnostic of Gold Leaching Parameters in a Laboratory Scale Simulation of a Heap Leach System,” presented at the 2004 SME Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado.
  • E.E. Vidal and P.R. Taylor, “Thermal plasma synthesis of BaFe12O19 (BaM) films”, Plasma Chemistry and Plasma Processing, 23 (4) (2003) 609-626.
  • A. Saez, F. Arenas and E. Vidal, “Microstructure Development of WCoB-TiC Based Hard Materials,” Intl. Journal of Refractory Metals and Hard Materials, 21 (1,2) (2003) 13-18.
  • P.R. Taylor, Y. Choi and E.E. Vidal, “Fluosilicic Acid Leaching of Galena”, Hydrometallurgy 2003: Proceeding of the 5th International Symposium. Vol. 1: Leaching and Solution Purification, (2003) 461-473.
  • E.E. Vidal and P.R. Taylor, “Inductively coupled plasma deposition of ceramic films: A review”, EPD Congress 2003, edited by M.E. Schlesinger, TMS, Warrendale, Pennsylvania, (2003) 39-52.
  • P.R. Taylor, A.M. Vera and E.E. Vidal, “Barium-strontium titanate powder synthesis in a thermal plasma reactor”, EPD Congress 2003, edited by M.E. Schlesinger, TMS, Warrendale, Pennsylvania, (2003) 53-62.
  • P.R. Taylor, W. Wang and E.E. Vidal, “Thermal plasma treatment of metal and material wastes”,), Yazawa International Symposium on Metallurgical and Materials Processing: Principles and Technologies; Vol. 1, Materials Processing Fundamentals and New Technologies, TMS, Warrendale, Pennsylvania, (2003) 977-990.
  • A. Saez, F. Arenas and E. Vidal, “Reinforcing in-situ With TiC of Complex Hard Boride Materials,” Revista Latinoamericana de Metalurgia y Materiales., 22 (2) (2002) 24-32.
  • A. Saez, E. Vidal and F. Arenas, “Liquid Phase Sintering of a Complex WCoB-TiC Cermet,” Ceram. Eng. Sci. Proc., 23 (3) (2002) 11-18.
  • A. Rivas, E. Vidal, H. D�Armas, “Comportamiento Mec�nico de un Acero 5Cr – � Mo soldado con un Acero Inoxidable Austen�tico 309 Mo” (Mechanical Behavior of a 5Cr- � Mo steel welded on a 309 Mo austenitic stainless steel), Anales de Mec�nica de la Fractura (Annals of Fracture Mechanics), Vol.19 2002.
  • U. Stegemann, E. Vidal, A. Rivas and J. Garc�a, “Wear behavior of surface-hardened carbon steels”, presented at the VII International Conference on Advanced Materials, ICAM 2001, NACE, August 26 30, Cancun, Mexico, 2001.
  • E.E. Vidal & P.R. Taylor, “Fundamental Considerations in the Deposition of Barium Ferrite Films in an Inductively Coupled Plasma Reactor”, Annals of the New York Academy of Science, Vol. 891, (1999) 152 – 163.
  • P.R. Taylor and E.E. Vidal, “Thermal plasma synthesis of ceramic powders”, Powder Materials: Current Research and Industrial Practices. Proceedings of Symposium. Held during 1999 TMS Fall Meeting; Warrendale, PA, USA : TMS – Miner. Metals & Mater. Soc, 1999, xi+354 p. (173-85)
  • P.R. Taylor, W. Zhu, E.E. Vidal and P.V. Ananthapadmanabhan, “Synthesis of Titanium Nitride in a Thermal Plasma Reactor”, EPD Congress 1998, edited by B. Mishra, TMS, Warrendale, Pennsylvania, (1998) 757-765.
  • P.R. Taylor, E.E. Vidal and P.V. Ananthapadmanabhan, “Reactive Plasma Spray Synthesis of Titanium Carbide”, EPD Congress 1998, edited by B. Mishra, TMS, Warrendale, Pennsylvania, (1998) 767-775.
  • M. Manrique, E.E. Vidal, I. Accorsi-Lamb and P.R. Taylor, “Pyrometallurgical Treatment of Ilmenite and Zircon Concentrates to Obtain Ceramic Materials”, Minerals and Metallurgical Processing, Feb. (1998) 21-28.
  • P.R. Taylor and E.E. Vidal, “Gas-Solid Reactions in Thermal Plasma Environments: Synthesis of Non-Oxide Ceramic Powders”, Proceedings of the Julian Szekely Memorial Symposium on Materials Processing, edited by H.Y. Sohn, J.W. Evans and D. Apelian, TMS, Warrendale, Pennsylvania, (1997) 119-132.
  • P.R. Taylor and E.E. Vidal, “Thermal Processing of Materials“, presented at the 1997 MPD/SME Annual Meeting, (Denver, CO, February 24, 1997).
  • P.R. Taylor, B. Wu and E.E. Vidal, “Plasma Enhanced Chemical Vapor Infiltration (PE-CVI)”, EPD Congress 1997, edited by B. Mishra, TMS, Warrendale, Pennsylvania, (1997) 237-244.
  • B. Wu, P.R. Taylor, and E.E. Vidal, “Zirconium Carbide Synthesis In a High Temperature Plasma Reactor”, EPD Congress 1997, edited by B. Mishra, TMS, Warrendale, Pennsylvania, (1997) 245-254.
  • E.E. Vidal, P.R. Taylor and M. Manrique, “Synthesis of Zirconium Carbide From Zircon Concentrates in a Thermal Plasma Reactor”, Design Fundamentals of High Temperature Composites, Intermetallics and Metal-Ceramic Systems, edited by R.Y. Lin, Y.A. Chang, R.G. Reddy and C.T. Lin, TMS, Warrendale, Pennsylvania, (1995) 345-356.
  • R. R�quiz, R. Perera and E. Vidal, “Estudio de la Corrosion Intergranular en un Acero Inoxidable AISI 316 Parcialmente Modificado con Vanadio”, Sidor Hoy, vol.16, (48), 31 (1994).

Languages

  • Bilingual: English and Spanish

Contact

720-273-5625
284 Hill Hall
evidal@mines.edu