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Politician Visit at SFI Metal Production

Parlamentary politician Sivert Bjørnstad together with his colleagues, Tore Kristiansen and Mats Henriksen Persøy, visited NTNU on Monday. The centre leader, Aud N. Wærnes, together with Anne Kvithyld, Martin Syvertsen and Leiv Kolbeinsen informed about SFI Metal Production and gave some pictures of the research going on at the centre. Discussions turned on SFI centre as an instrument for strengthening Norwegian research and innovation.

Politician Visit at SFI Metal Production

Parlamentary politician Sivert Bjørnstad together with his colleagues, Tore Kristiansen and Mats Henriksen Persøy, visited NTNU on Monday. The centre leader, Aud N. Wærnes, together with Anne Kvithyld, Martin Syvertsen and Leiv Kolbeinsen informed about SFI Metal Production and gave some pictures of the research going on at the centre. Discussions turned on SFI centre as an instrument for strengthening Norwegian research and innovation.

  

Autumn Meeting

Once again, we have arranged a SFI Metal Production autumn meeting with 70 participants from the SFI-partners. Both industry and academia participants seemed to be satisfied with the program and the interesting lectures. 

Autumn Meeting

Once again, we have arranged a SFI Metal Production autumn meeting with 70 participants from the SFI-partners. Both industry and academia participants seemed to be satisfied with the program and the interesting lectures. 

During the first day we were updated on research results for 2018 within SFI Metal Production in three sessions: Aluminium, Si/Mn/Ti  and Environment. A lot of results were presented by the researcher working in the Centre, thanks to all of you. Worth mentioning this time is the student work “An overview of Norwegian metal production” presented by Leiv Kolbeinsen.  Four students have used this summer to update the database for the Norwegian metal industry. The industry participants showed interest for this student work and are looking forward to read the final report.

The second day’s focus was on industry, digitalisation and innovation. Thanks to Vincent Deborde (GE Power Digital), Nina Helene Omdahl (Alcoa), Markus Reuter (Helmholtz-Institute Freiberg), Roger Strøm (RCN, Prosess21) and Eirik Manger (Hydro) for interesting and enthusiastic presentations. At the very last session we focus once more on the innovation potential for the industry in SFI Metal Production. We appreciated that Marit Dolmen (Elkem), Haavard Elstad (TiZIr) and Ketil Rye (Alcoa) made this focus in their presentations, which is very important for the coming Midway evaluation.

Thank you very much for the participation, and see you again in the end of April 2019.

Elkem award to Raghed Saadieh

This autumn Raghed Saadieh got Elkem’s forskningsfond (EFF) award. It is an award both for academic performance as well as contributing to the non-academic side of the student life.

Elkem award to Raghed Saadieh

This autumn Raghed Saadieh got Elkem’s forskningsfond (EFF) award. It is an award both for academic performance as well as contributing to the non-academic side of the student life.

EFF reasons for giving Raghed this award: “Raghed Saadieh er en av de viktige studentene som holder studentgruppa sammen , som både faglig og sosialt hjelper nye medlemmer inn og tar ansvar. Han er i tillegg den første studenten som går i dybden på FeSi prosessen som har vært mer eller mindre neglisjert i forskningskretser i mange år. Han har i denne tiden simulert prosessen i labskala og sett hvordan krateret utvikler seg i FeSi ovner».

Congratulations Raghed!

Raghed is an industrial PhD employed at Elkem and he is doing his doctoral research project at NTNU with professor Merete Tangstad as supervisor.

Autumn Meeting - Agenda

The agenda for the Autumn Meeting is out, read it here!

Autumn Meeting - Agenda

The agenda for the Autumn Meeting is out, read it here!

    

 

Welcome to our new PhD’s and Postdoc!

Several new faces are now to be seen in the Centre corridors and laboratories this autumn. In August one postdoc and three PhD’s started their work in the Centre.

Welcome to our new PhD’s and Postdoc!

Several new faces are now to be seen in the Centre corridors and laboratories this autumn. In August one postdoc and three PhD’s started their work in the Centre.

Ph.D. Cathrine Kyung Won Solem

Supervisors: Prof. Ragnhild E. Aune and Prof. Gabriella Tranell

Full title of the PhD work is “Parametric Study of Molten Aluminium Oxidation in Relation to Dross Formation.” The aim of project is to predict/model and reduce dross formation in selected aluminium alloy systems.

 

Ph.D. Sindre Engzelius Gylver

Supervisors: Assoc. Prof. Kristian Etienne Einarsrud and Assoc. Prof. Espen Sandnes

Full title of project is “Alumina Dissolution in Cryolite”

Alumina is on of the raw materials used for production of aluminium. During addition of alumina into the melt, floating agglomerates, known as rafts, might form. The aim of the project will be to investigate why and how these rafts are formed. More knowledge about this might lead to better feeding techniques, which will lower the energy consumption of the Hall–Héroult process

 

Ph.D. Kamilla Arnesen

Supervisors: Prof. Gabriella Tranell and Assoc. Prof. Kristian Etienne Einarsrud

Full title of project is “Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon emission from the metallurgical industry.” Aim of the project is to investigate the correlation between carbon material properties, process parameters and the formation and decomposition of PAH species in the metallurgical industry.

 

Postdoc Vincent Canaguier

Supervisor: Prof. Merete Tangstad

The research will focus on the SiMn Production and the aim of the project will be to study the SiMn process, reactions, kinetics and effects of the ore used. The sulfur content of the charge will also be considered with additional care.

Newsletter Q3/18

The Autumn is well underway here at the SFI, and there are many exiiting things going on. Read about everything in the newsletter!

Newsletter Q3/18

The Autumn is well underway here at the SFI, and there are many exiiting things going on. Read about everything in the newsletter!

  

 

How math can make for better metals

More than 50 experts on the metallurgical industry met in Kristiansand to discuss how mathematical models can improve metal production. The two-day conference, Mathematical Modelling in Metallurgical Industry, is part of a cooperation within SFI Metal Production, a Centre for Research-Based Innovation (SFI), hosted by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), with SINTEF and Teknova as research partners.

 

How math can make for better metals

More than 50 experts on the metallurgical industry met in Kristiansand to discuss how mathematical models can improve metal production. The two-day conference, Mathematical Modelling in Metallurgical Industry, is part of a cooperation within SFI Metal Production, a Centre for Research-Based Innovation (SFI), hosted by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), with SINTEF and Teknova as research partners.

 

Mathematical models are used throughout the metallurgical industry to improve production processes in order to increase quality and reduce cost. A better understanding of reactions and material transport within the hot smelters producing different metals, could provide more consistent quality and less productions errors, thus improving competitiveness and profitability.

 

“This conference is an important meeting place for industry and academia, where the industry makes leading researchers understand industry challenges, and scientific partners present new research and findings. One important issue is how physics-based insight and data-driven analysis may complement each other. The conference aims at improving the communication between industry and academia, which will be of great value for both communities,” says Svenn Anton Halvorsen, Chief Scientist, Modelling and Simulation at Teknova (from 1 October part of NORCE Norwegian Research Centre AS).

 

Keynote speakers were Prof. Dr. Dietmar Hömberg from Weierstrass Institute in Berlin, Germany, and Prof. Harald Martens from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim (NTNU). The conference included speakers from South Africa and Iceland, in addition to several presentations from the Norwegian metallurgical industry and research institutions.

 

More details of this conference will be presented in our next newsletter.

Nature Conference

The Nature Conference, Minerals and Materials for a Sustainable Future was arranged in Trondheim September 11-13th. Several persons from SFI Metal Production were involved during these three days. Merete Tangstad was chair for the session Sustainability and responsible resourcing of minerals and materials. Arne Petter Ratvik and Daniel Beat Müller were speakers on the topics Apatite fertilisers production and Monitoring of physical economy, respectively. Norsk Hydro’s Hans Erik Vatne talked about the value chain approach to sustainable production of aluminium products.

Nature Conference

The Nature Conference, Minerals and Materials for a Sustainable Future was arranged in Trondheim September 11-13th. Several persons from SFI Metal Production were involved during these three days. Merete Tangstad was chair for the session Sustainability and responsible resourcing of minerals and materials. Arne Petter Ratvik and Daniel Beat Müller were speakers on the topics Apatite fertilisers production and Monitoring of physical economy, respectively. Norsk Hydro’s Hans Erik Vatne talked about the value chain approach to sustainable production of aluminium products.

The three SFI-professors Ragnhild Aune, Gabriella Tranell and Kristian Etienne Einarsrud presented The future of engineering Stardust, the conference most challenging title. The presentation started far way back, with the Big Bang and the quotation: “Nature did fabulous job in providing raw materials for us…but almost all present as oxides. That’s why we need metallugists!” Then they gave brief overviews and examples of how to produce metals from oxides. The presentation ended with energy and environmental consideration and the three R’s – Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. The SFI Metal Production professors brought their speech to an end with the follow words:

“Matter is finite and part of our earths inheritance unlike energy, which is given to us in plentiful every day. In order to optimise these finite material resources for generations ahead, our mission must be to balance and manage our energy system and resource handling portfolio better.

Today, we use our experiences in materials production and technology to improve our every day life with a rather short sighted view. We calculate and simulate to secure the development of intelligent solutions that involves making production processes more energy efficient with a lower environmental impact, as well as safer and smarter but we often forget the bigger picture.

In other words, we dream of solutions that will help us on our way to a sustainable and better future. It’s time to make the dream reality – and that is or challenge! ”

Congratulations Dr Kim!

 

Congratulation to Dr. Pyunghwa Peace Kim who successfully defended his thesis September 12th. Peace did an excellent job, first with an impressive presentation of the trial lecture “Slag Foaming” and further with the presentation of his PhD thesis and the defence.

Congratulations Dr Kim!

 

Congratulation to Dr. Pyunghwa Peace Kim who successfully defended his thesis September 12th. Peace did an excellent job, first with an impressive presentation of the trial lecture “Slag Foaming” and further with the presentation of his PhD thesis and the defence.

The committee was satisfied with the quality of the theses and the handling of the raised question and comments during the defence. SFI Metal Production is very proud today and grateful for the research Peace has carried out during his 3 years as a PhD-student at NTNU.

 

Trial lecture: "Slag foaming".

Thesis: “The Reduction Rates of SiMn Slags from Various Raw Materials”.

Assessment Committee to assess the thesis:

  • Professor Emeritus Oleg Ostrovski, University of New South Wales, Australia
  • Senior Lecturer, PhD Elias Matinde, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa
  • Associate Professor Jafar Safarian, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, NTNU

Supervisors: Professor Merete Tangstad (NTNU)
Co-supervisor Senior Research Scientist Eli Ringdalen.

Nature Conference in Trondheim on September 11-13

In week 37, a conference on minerals and materials will be held in Trondheim. The conference is hosted by the renowned research journal Nature, in collaboration with NTNU, SINTEF and NGU.

Nature Conference in Trondheim on September 11-13

In week 37, a conference on minerals and materials will be held in Trondheim. The conference is hosted by the renowned research journal Nature, in collaboration with NTNU, SINTEF and NGU.

Conference title: «Minerals and materials for a sustainable future»
Time and place: September 11, 2018 at Scandic Nidelven in Trondheim.

 

The conference's theme covers the entire chain from minerals to materials, and we consider the program to have a very high professional quality. We believe this to be an exciting opportunity for all of us to catch up with new ideas and associate contacts.

 

SFI Metal Production will be represented both in the list of speakers and among the participants.

Read the conference program here.

Additional information and a link to sign up cam be found here.