Requirements

Requirements

General - All entries must meet these requirements:
 

  1. All entries become the joint property of the IMS and ASM International, and will not be returned.

  2. The IMC Chair and/or the judges' panel reserves the right to exclude entries from the IMC competition, if considered to be of poor quality or unsuitable subject matter.

  3. No more than four entries per individual (or team) will be accepted.

  4. Images used in entries for Classes 1, 2, or 3 may not be resubmitted in Classes 4 or 5.

  5. All printed or electronic entries that contain digitally captured images must be submitted with a signed copy of the following statement:

These images have not been previously published or significantly altered from their original appearance by application of image-enhancement algorithms and convolution kernels, unless the purpose of the entry is to show how those are used to illustrate specific effects.

Submitting this image/poster to the International Metallographic Competition, allows the ASM International to display this entry at sponsored events, the ASM Headquarters, and other venues as long as the submitters accreditation is displayed on the image/poster face.

  1. Printed entries must have this statement affixed to the back of the entry.  Electronic entries must submit an electronic scan of this signed statement for attachment to the back of the printed entry.
  1. The submitter's name, company/university affiliation, postal address, phone number, and email address must be placed on the entry back prior to judging.

    1. This information must not appear on the front of the submission, or within micrographs, and/or images (e.g., company logo from scanning electron images) prior to judging.

    2. The IMC Chair will affix a name and address label on the face of the entry after judging to allow viewers to identify the submitter.

  2. Entries must provide the following information:

    1. Entry Class (Class 1-5);

    2. Material(s) or alloy;

    3. Etchant (if any);

    4. Magnification; and

    5. Explanation and any unusual technical or structural features.  

This caption information may be included on the face of the entry, or be added following judging by the IMC Chair.  This information can be submitted in any language, but an English translation must be included.

  1. Entry Submission – Entries can be submitted in printed or electronic format.  The IMC is transitioning to a digital format and electronic entries are encouraged.

    1. Printed Entries - Must be received by October 2, 2018 at the following location:

      Worthington Industries, Inc.

      Corporate Materials Laboratory

      7400 Worthington Galena Road – Door 280

      Columbus, OH 43085

      Attention: IMC Co-Chair, Dr. Elvin Beach

      614-840-4468

If you would like to email entries for Classes 4 and 5 only:

Maximum file size is 10MB. Please use the highest quality images regarding bit depth, file size, and resolution. Images must be in one of the following formats: jpg (jpeg), gif, tiff (tiff), bmp.
 

  1. Electronic Entries - Must be submitted to steven.j.gentz@nasa.gov or submit to: contest@metallography.net by October 2, 2018. The maximum file size accepted is 10 MB using the highest quality images regarding bit depth, file size, and resolution.  Unless otherwise indicated, the submitted file will be printed in the maximum size permitted by the respective class.  The file format must be in a JPEG (jpeg, jpg, jpe, jfif)), GIF (gif), TIFF (tif, tiff), BMP (bmp, dib), or PNG (png) format.

Upload, or include with your email, a txt file with your name, address, email address, company affiliation, phone number, and the file name of your submitted poster/images.

Class 1, 2, and 3 Specific Requirements:

  1. Entries - No more than two entries are allowed in Classes 1 and 2.  Undergraduate students are only allowed one entry in Class 3.  Multiple posters for one entry are not acceptable.

  2. Technical Content – Detailed preparation/examination information of the metallographic/microscopy techniques used must be included.  Please see the Additional Notes in the Classes section for supplemental information.

  3. Poster Size - The maximum/minimum acceptable printable dimensions are 36 inch x 24 inch (90 cm x 60 cm) ±10%, and 10 inch x 8 inch (25 cm x 20 cm) ±10%, respectively

  4. Labeling Space - A blank space 2 inch x 4 inch (5.1 cm x 10.2 cm) must be placed on the poster front, lower left corner to accommodate submitter information affixed after judging is completed.

  5. Mounting - Printed entries should be mounted on a lightweight backing no thicker than 0.25 inch (0.6 cm) or laminated, and should not be framed.  Electronically submitted images will be similarly mounted.

 

Class 4 and 5 Specific Requirements:

  1. Entries - One metallography/microscopy image is permitted per entry.

    1. Images can be augmented with additional digital features (e.g., labels, images, or graphic embellishments).  Please see the Additional Notes in the Classes section for supplemental information.

  2. Micrograph Size - The maximum/minimum acceptable dimensions are 18 inch x 18 inch (46 cm x 46 cm) ±10%, and 11 inch x 8.5 inch (22 cm x 28 cm) ±10%, respectively.

  3. Mounting - Printed entries should be mounted on a lightweight backing no thicker than 0.25 inch (0.6 cm) or laminated, and should not be framed.  Electronically submitted images will be similarly mounted.