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KPN Project Controlled Tapping (2017-2022)


The project will focus on stabilizing tappings of slag and metal in the metallurgical industry. The goal will be to determine the fundamental tapping mechanism through studying materials and zones in the furnaces, through industrial campaings and CFD modelling work. The project was startet with a collection of knowledge from scientific publications as well as industrial experiences. This was presented on a 2 days seminar with more than 20 participants from the participating companies at NTNU the 11th and 12th of October. The strategy for further work was also discussed.
 

KPN Project Controlled Tapping (2017-2022)


The project will focus on stabilizing tappings of slag and metal in the metallurgical industry. The goal will be to determine the fundamental tapping mechanism through studying materials and zones in the furnaces, through industrial campaings and CFD modelling work. The project was startet with a collection of knowledge from scientific publications as well as industrial experiences. This was presented on a 2 days seminar with more than 20 participants from the participating companies at NTNU the 11th and 12th of October. The strategy for further work was also discussed.
 

 

 

Open Access and CRIStin Course

Marianne Lenes introducing Henrik Karlstrøm. Photo: Kari Ravnestad Kjørholt

October 11th Henrik Karlstrøm, from the NTNU library, came to SFI Metal Production to talk about Open Access in research and the use of CRIStin. There were 27 participants from the center, including PhDs, PostDocs, researchers, the RD Leaders and the Center Leader.

Open Access and CRIStin Course

Marianne Lenes introducing Henrik Karlstrøm. Photo: Kari Ravnestad Kjørholt

October 11th Henrik Karlstrøm, from the NTNU library, came to SFI Metal Production to talk about Open Access in research and the use of CRIStin. There were 27 participants from the center, including PhDs, PostDocs, researchers, the RD Leaders and the Center Leader.

Open Access is important for a number of reasons. Subscriptions to academic journals can often be costly, and state funded research should be available to the public. Open Access publications are also more read and sited more, and in order to live up to NTNU’s motto “Knowledge For a Better World” it is important that scientific findings are easily accessible.

In NTNU Open you can find master theses, doctoral theses and scientific papers published at NTNU, and at CRIStin.no everyone can search for publications.

You can find the Power Point presentation used in the course here >>

SiManTi Trip to Åre

The participants gathered for a group photo by a lake.

26 participants from the SiManTi group went on a trip to Åre 9th to 11th of September, which involved of a combination of academic and social activities. That included presentations from the students about their project assignments, courses on writing and presenting, an HSE introduction course and short lectures from the professors that participated. The social activities included nice meals, hiking, pool and spa.

SiManTi Trip to Åre

The participants gathered for a group photo by a lake.

26 participants from the SiManTi group went on a trip to Åre 9th to 11th of September, which involved of a combination of academic and social activities. That included presentations from the students about their project assignments, courses on writing and presenting, an HSE introduction course and short lectures from the professors that participated. The social activities included nice meals, hiking, pool and spa.

The SiManTi group is a networking group for young researchers who are doing an MSc, PhD or postdoc on high temperature processes, or exchange students. They have been on similar trips before, like the trip to Oxford last fall where there also were participants from South Africa and Oxford.

A few of the participants sitting around a table in the hotel lobby. Photo.

Visitor from Mintek


Joalet Steenkamp, a chief engineer in the Pyrometallurgy Division at Mintek, is currently visiting the SFI Metal Production Centre as a part of the researcher exchange for the INTPART Metal Production project. She is part of the project management and has a background from both industry and academia within steelmaking, ilmenite roasting and smelting, and manganese ferroalloy production in South Africa. 

Visitor from Mintek


Joalet Steenkamp, a chief engineer in the Pyrometallurgy Division at Mintek, is currently visiting the SFI Metal Production Centre as a part of the researcher exchange for the INTPART Metal Production project. She is part of the project management and has a background from both industry and academia within steelmaking, ilmenite roasting and smelting, and manganese ferroalloy production in South Africa. 

During her stay here she will be contributing to a chapter in the book New Trends in Coal Conversion called Coal-based reducing agents in ferroalloys and silicon production along with Merete Tangstad, Eli Ringdalen, and Paul Beukes. She will also work on a publication for INFACON 15 with Eli Ringdalen and they will work on an EU-funding application. 

INTPART Metal Production aims at strengthening ties between Norway and South Africa. The main aim of the researcher exchanges is to work on joint funding applications to ensure collaboration between countries and companies beyond the life of the project, to develop course material for education of future generations, and to write joint publications.

Joalet is staying until September 16th, making her stay about a month long, and this is a type of exchange she intends to continue with every year for the duration of the project.

There have also been other exchanges to our Centre, and you can read more about them on the INTPART Metal Production website, which Joalet manages. 

Invitation to participate in EIT Raw Materials Stakeholders Meeting

NTNU, together with EIT Raw Materials is hosting a Stakeholders meeting in Trondheim, 20 September for Industry and R&D organizations interested in European Raw Materials Research and Education. On behalf of EIT Raw Materials and NTNU, welcome to the event! Please register by sending an email to Maria Wallin. 

You can find the program here >>

Invitation to participate in EIT Raw Materials Stakeholders Meeting

NTNU, together with EIT Raw Materials is hosting a Stakeholders meeting in Trondheim, 20 September for Industry and R&D organizations interested in European Raw Materials Research and Education. On behalf of EIT Raw Materials and NTNU, welcome to the event! Please register by sending an email to Maria Wallin. 

You can find the program here >>


 

New Member of the General Assembly and Executive Committee


Tor Grande, Vice Dean for Research at the Faculty of Natural Sciences at NTNU, will be replacing Anne Borg as a member of the SFI General Assembly and Executive Committee. He has an MSc in Chemistry (1987) and a PhD in Inorganic Chemistry (1992) from NTH, became a professor in Materials Chemistry/Science at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering in 1997 and has since been appointed to a number of management positions. We look forward to the cooperation!

New Member of the General Assembly and Executive Committee


Tor Grande, Vice Dean for Research at the Faculty of Natural Sciences at NTNU, will be replacing Anne Borg as a member of the SFI General Assembly and Executive Committee. He has an MSc in Chemistry (1987) and a PhD in Inorganic Chemistry (1992) from NTH, became a professor in Materials Chemistry/Science at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering in 1997 and has since been appointed to a number of management positions. We look forward to the cooperation!

We also want to congratulate Anne Borg, who has gone on to becoming Pro-Rector for Education after being Dean for the faculty since 2013.

The next General Assembly meeting will be held November 9th.

Increase in New Students at Materials Science and Engineering

Summer break is over and students are yet again filling the hallways at Gløshaugen. This fall there has been an increase in students accepted to the Masters Program for Materials Science and Engineering, and about 40 students are starting their first year here, compared to 33 last year.

Increase in New Students at Materials Science and Engineering

Summer break is over and students are yet again filling the hallways at Gløshaugen. This fall there has been an increase in students accepted to the Masters Program for Materials Science and Engineering, and about 40 students are starting their first year here, compared to 33 last year.

The first couple of weeks the students go through a project called Teknostart where they are introduced to their programs, and our students will be making their own chess pieces out of aluminum they melt using a homemade furnace. In that way they get some hands on experience as well as some theoretical knowledge from the preparations. It’s also a great way to create a good class environment through group work and cooperation.

The SFI welcomes them all to NTNU!

Registration for HSC Chemistry Course

The SFI Metal Production arranges a two days training course in the thermodynamic program HSC, August 29th and 30th, in Trondheim. The course is given by Outotec, the HSC software developer, with approximately half a day of basic training and one and a half day of training on the SIM Module. The course is intended for employees of all the participating companies, including industry, and will be given in English.

Registration for HSC Chemistry Course

The SFI Metal Production arranges a two days training course in the thermodynamic program HSC, August 29th and 30th, in Trondheim. The course is given by Outotec, the HSC software developer, with approximately half a day of basic training and one and a half day of training on the SIM Module. The course is intended for employees of all the participating companies, including industry, and will be given in English.

The fee for participation will be 5000 NOK per person to cover the Outotec training costs, and will be invoiced after the course. The course will be arranged at NTNU's facilities in Sverres gt. 10 (Kalvskinnet), room 035.

For registration, please contact Marianne Lenes no later than August 23rd.

Further questions should be addressed to Merete Tangstad or Arne Petter Ratvik

Summer Students 2017

This summer there are 11 students working for the SFI, and they just finished their 2nd, 3rd or 4th year of their integrated masters program. The projects these students work on this summer mostly concern different aspects of aluminum production, but a few are also silicon related. Some of the soon to be 5th graders will continue their work after summer as their project assignments and possible also for their master theses.

Summer Students 2017

This summer there are 11 students working for the SFI, and they just finished their 2nd, 3rd or 4th year of their integrated masters program. The projects these students work on this summer mostly concern different aspects of aluminum production, but a few are also silicon related. Some of the soon to be 5th graders will continue their work after summer as their project assignments and possible also for their master theses.

For most of the students, it is their first time working for the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, SFI Metal Production or an industrial partner, and it is an excellent opportunity to learn first hand how engineers and scientist work, and even get to work alongside them.
 

Emil Grove Dyrvik
Supervisor: Merete Tangstad 

Alumina powder is used in aluminum production, and in his project Emil is looking into how it behaves when it is heated rapidly. He is studying the loss of humidity on ignition, and at which temperatures it occurs to establish how much it affects the dissolution properties. He is also looking at the kinetics of phase transformations using XRD analysis. 
 

Trygve Storm Aarnæs
Supervisor: Gabriella Tranell

Beryllium is traditionally used to prevent oxidation in aluminum, but it poses significant health risks in production and it is therefore important to find alternatives. Trygve is working with PhD Nicholas Smith on this, and he is oxidizing different samples at a variety of temperatures and time intervals, which Nicholas later will analyze.
 

Turid Danbolt
Supervisor: Gabriella Tranell

Turid is working on a project for Kavli and Hydro. She is trying to find a simple way to recycle aluminum from food packaging. This is problematic as it can be over 50% food leftovers and plastic in the samples she has been given. The first thing she will try is to burn of the impurities at different temperatures.
 

Cathrine Kyung Won
Supervisor: Ragnhild Aune

To improve the purity of recycled aluminum it is common to use Ceramic Foam Filters. However, there is need for more knowledge about this technique to improve the process further. Cathrine will be working with PhD Massoud Hassanabadi and master student Thomas Berto, and she will study the wetting angle under different pressures. The experiments will be done in air as opposed to vacuum where data already exist.
 

Dagny Aspaas Myrhaug
Supervisor: Ragnhild Aune

Dagny is also working on the filtration project with Thomas and Massoud, but she will be looking into the density of the filters. To do that, she is using software to help her examine the amount of pores and their diameter.
 

Mona Haukali
Supervisor: Merete Tangstad

Mona has received samples from an excavation of a SiMn furnace, and her task is to analyze the samples using SEM. They come from 17 different areas in the furnace, and she will find out which phases exist where. This will lead to a better understanding of what is happening inside the furnace during production.
 

Ploy Chutigan
Supervisor: Merete Tangstad

During the silicon production process there will always be formed silicon carbide. PhD Sethulaksmy Jayakumari is looking at the formation of this SiC, and Ploy will be running some experiments for her. She will be running the silicon process with a variation in carbon sources and then analyze the samples using SEM.
 

Eirik André Nordbø
Supervisor: Ragnhild Aune

There are many off-gasses that come from aluminum production, and they will produce a deposit called grey scale in the exhaust pipes. It takes both time and money to remove this. Eirik will monitor the heat exchange in these pipes using flux sensors and also look at grey scale using SEM. The project is in cooperation with Hydro Sunndalsøra, and the goal is to learn more about how it is possible to decrease the grey scale deposit.
 

Ingrid Meling
Supervisor: Gabriella Tranell

Ingrid is studying the fluxing of oxide films on recycled aluminum. She is looking at how well the metal coagulates with different salts, both when it’s lacquered and when it’s not, and then analyzes the coating layer using optical microscopes and SEM. A salt tested is used at Hydro Holmestrand, so this project may end up having a direct influence on the industry when she discovers how it compares to other salts. 

Sindre Engzelius Gylver
Supervisor: Kristian Einarsrud

In the Hall-Heroult process, cryolite is used to dissolve alumina. Sometimes during the dissolveation process fleets are formed. Sindre is looking at this fleet formation trying to understand why it happens. He is working for Alcoa in Mosjøen, and will in addition to this research help with daily operation tasks at the production plant.

Sigvart Hansen Eggen 

Sigvart is working for Alcoa in Mosjøen where he will be looking at spent potlining (SPL), a waste product from the aluminum industry, examine the possibilities for even more recycling than is being done today. If they have good progress he might also try to develop a test process. 

 

Meeting with Alcoa


Alcoa visited the SFI Metal Production center on the 27th of June. The topic for the meeting was the SFI activities with focus on aluminium and potential for future cooperation. A valuable meeting with interesting discussions including time to visit some of our laboratories.
 

Meeting with Alcoa


Alcoa visited the SFI Metal Production center on the 27th of June. The topic for the meeting was the SFI activities with focus on aluminium and potential for future cooperation. A valuable meeting with interesting discussions including time to visit some of our laboratories.