The 34th International Course on Process Metallurgy of Aluminium

– Trondheim, Norway, 30 May – 3 June, 2016


The course has been given on an annual basis since 1981 (except 2015) and has followed the profound development of the industry. Since 1981 the total attendance has been 2700 participants from 276 companies, representing 56 countries.

The course provides an updated, comprehensive review of the state of the art of aluminium production. The aim of the course is to “Understand the process and act accordingly”.

The course is aimed at personnel working in the field of commercial aluminium electrolysis at all levels, including technical and project managers, supervisors, potroom engineers, suppliers as well as research metallurgists.


Introduction and Principles of  Aluminium Electrolysis – Electrolyte Composition – Preheat and Start-Up of Cells – Potline Operation – Computer Control – Pot Resistance Tuning –Health, Outer and Inner Environment and Safety - Anodes: The Impact of Raw Material Quality and Anode Manufacturing Parameters on Behaviour in Electrolysis – Cathode Failure and Cell Service Life for Modern Cells – Magnetic Compensation of Aluminium Cells – Cell Voltage and Anode Effect – Rectifier Operation – Cell Dynamics – Cell Shutdown and Cell Restart – Diagnosis and Correction of Irregularly Operating Cells – Heat Balance – Current Efficiency – Alumina in Smelting – Amperage Increase -  Electrical Safety – Measurement Techniques for Pot Analysis – Emission Control.

Not only lectures but group discussions of actual problems and social arrangements with informal discussions are important parts of the course.


Matteo Fabbri (ABB), Jean-Michel Peyneau (Rio Tinto), Vinko Potocnik (Former Alcan), Michel Reverdy (Dubal), Alton Tabereaux (Former Alcoa), Markus Meyer (R&D Carbon), Bjørn Lillebuen (Technical Consultant, former Hydro Aluminium), Bjørn P. Moxnes (Technical Consultant, Hydro Aluminium), Ketil Rye (Technology Manager, Alcoa),  Morten Sørlie (Corporate Specialist, Alcoa), Jomar Thonstad (Professor, Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering, NTNU), Geir Wedde (Director, NEATEC), Harald A. Øye (Professor, Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering, NTNU).

The lecturers are the backbone of the course, and they  have been carefully chosen because of their expertise as well as their ability to communicate. Complete lecture notes will be handed out on arrival Monday morning together with the book “Cathodes in Aluminium Electrolysis” by Morten Sørlie and Harald A. Øye. Instead of the English version a Chinese or Russian version can be obtained.


The Course will be held at Scandic Solsiden hotel starting on Monday 30 May, 08:30 and finishing at Lunch time Friday 3 June at 12:45. Scandic Solsiden Hotel is located in an attractive shopping and restaurant area in downtown Trondheim. It is reached most convenietly from the airport by the bus Værnes Expressen that leaves from the arrival area and stops outside the hotel.