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Kick-off and Summer School for the INTPART project

Norwegian-Canadian Partnership in Research and Education on Primary Production of Aluminium (CaNAl)

During three days this week, 8-10th of August,  the Intpart project CaNAl arrange their Kick-off meeting continued by two days of Summer School. 

Kick-off and Summer School for the INTPART project

Norwegian-Canadian Partnership in Research and Education on Primary Production of Aluminium (CaNAl)

During three days this week, 8-10th of August,  the Intpart project CaNAl arrange their Kick-off meeting continued by two days of Summer School. 

Several Canadians from Laval University have arrived Trondheim this week and the project leader, Tor Grande (NTNU),  and his team have set up an extensive program involving both industry partners and academia.

Newsletter Q2/18

This has been an exiting spring for us here at the SFI, read more about the events and all our summer students in Newsletter Q2/18!

Newsletter Q2/18

This has been an exiting spring for us here at the SFI, read more about the events and all our summer students in Newsletter Q2/18!

   

 

Mathematical Modelling in Metallurgical Industry – Conference

Design and operation of metallurgical processes have been gradually improved through industrial experience, research, modern process control, new and/or improved measurements, etc. Nevertheless, due to high temperatures and several complexities, the design and operation of the processes are still to a large degree empirically based, and several process variations are not properly understood.

a meeting place for interaction between industry and academia

Mathematical Modelling in Metallurgical Industry – Conference

– Kristiansand, 17-18 September 2018 – Scandic Kristiansand Bystranda

Design and operation of metallurgical processes have been gradually improved through industrial experience, research, modern process control, new and/or improved measurements, etc. Nevertheless, due to high temperatures and several complexities, the design and operation of the processes are still to a large degree empirically based, and several process variations are not properly understood.

Mathematical modelling can effectively be applied to improve today’s knowledge and contribute significantly to solve industrial challenges. Much insight can be established by mathematical analysis. The mathematical descriptions will further supply the basis for computations/simulations, applying modern computers and advanced software. Such simulations constitute valuable tools for enhanced process understanding, process improvements and novel innovations.

Another approach is data-driven analysis where available data is analysed to find hidden patterns. Available tools include artificial intelligence, chemometrics, and other techniques for “big data analytics”.

The conference will comprise

  • Industrial needs and challenges
  • Traditional, physics-based, models
  • Digitization, data-driven modelling

One important issue is how physics-based insight and data-driven analysis may complement each other.

The conference aims at improving the communication/dialogue between industry and academia, which will be of great value for both communities.

The conference is arranged by 

  • Teknova, a subsidiary of Norwegian Research Centre, NORCE
  • SFI Metal Production
  • University of Agder
  • Eyde Cluster

We hope to see you in Kristiansand in September!
 

“Too few people recognise that the high technology so
celebrated today is essentially a mathematical technology.”

Edward E. David (former president of Exxon R&D)
 

For more information and registration click here.

Presentation of Master Degrees

Master students outside the building; Photograph

On June 4th this year’s master students of the REM-group (Resources, Energy & Environment) had the end-of-term celebration day. The day started with an introductory speech by the head of department, Jostein Mårdalen. 

Presentation of Master Degrees

Master students outside the building; Photograph

On June 4th this year’s master students of the REM-group (Resources, Energy & Environment) had the end-of-term celebration day. The day started with an introductory speech by the head of department, Jostein Mårdalen. 

Throughout the day, all the students showcased their theses, as well as some of their most important results. The students presented their work were Bettina Grorud, Fredrik Rudjord, Matthew Wermers, Cathrine Kyung Won Solem, Hanne Mette Hustad, Ingrid Meling, Kevin Lim, Sindre Engzelius Gylver, Gina Opstad Andersen, Trygve Storm Aarnæs and Mathias Grønberg Gustum.
The master students supervisors closed the program and the day came to an end with mingling at the SFI Metal Production’s area.

The SFI Metal Production would like to wish the students the best of luck in their future work.

Students and professors mingling in the SFI offices; Photograph

Trip to Alcoa Mosjøen

As a part of the transition between our first and second generation of alumina students, a field trip to Alcoa Mosjøen was arranged.

Trip to Alcoa Mosjøen

As a part of the transition between our first and second generation of alumina students, a field trip to Alcoa Mosjøen was arranged.

Guided by Ellen Myrvold in the anode baking plant, Nina Helene Omdahl in the potrooms and Egil Solberg in the cast house we were given the possibility to follow the process streams from raw material to final product - from the docks and back again. Results from the last year were showcased by our BSc students Ingrid Hansen, Andrea Nautnes and Sofie Nilssen Neverdal and MSc student Sindre Engzelius Gylver, followed by good discussions with representatives from Alcoa.

Activities will be followed up already next month with summer- and MSc students Martin Grimstad (FME HighEFF) and Åste Hegglid Follo (SFI Metal Production), further probing the behaviour of critical raw materials in primary aluminium production.

Interview with Leandro Gustavao Mendes de Jesus

This year, Leandro Gustavo Mendes de Jesus will be finishing the last year of his PhD program here at SFI Metal Production. He arrived in the middle of March and will be staying until late December, and his work is centred around waste products from production of manganese in Brazil. His supervisor is Prof. Merete Tangstad. We sat down with Leandro to talk about his work and stay in Norway.

Interview with Leandro Gustavao Mendes de Jesus

This year, Leandro Gustavo Mendes de Jesus will be finishing the last year of his PhD program here at SFI Metal Production. He arrived in the middle of March and will be staying until late December, and his work is centred around waste products from production of manganese in Brazil. His supervisor is Prof. Merete Tangstad. We sat down with Leandro to talk about his work and stay in Norway.

How is your work coming along?

At the moment I am working on methods for agglomerating the fine granulate into briquettes that can be used in the manganese ferroalloy production. The production of raw materials which later become HCFeMn, produce a huge amount of fines that are deposited into tailing dams. The grain with fine sizes harms the SAF operation and should thus be avoided. The fines contain a mixture of manganese-, iron- and silicon-oxides, as well as other trace elements.

So, the motivation for your project is increased production then?

The motivation for the project is actually an environmental one. Like Brazilian producers of alumina, the manganese producers place waste products in tailing dams that have been proven to be a potential hazard. The accident in Mariana and recently Alunorte, has made the world more aware of the risk and potential consequences of such spills. This has also urged the Brazilian government to act, to avoid future environmental disasters. At the same time, manganese is an important export for Brazil, so there are good reasons for bringing this waste product back into the production loop.

It is vital that whatever solution I come up with is low cost, which usually means few steps. The solution must be economically viable for the industry to adopt. For that reason, I am primarily researching briquetting. Other forms of agglomeration, like sintering and pelleting require heating, which increases the cost of the process significantly. Government incentives might also help, but at the moment Brazil has little or none such systems for grants.

Well, it seems you have your hands full with your research the next year. Changing the subject; You have been in Norway for almost two months now, how do you like it?

Before I came here I was a bit scared of the cold. It is very different from Brazil, where we usually have temperatures between 25 and 35 degrees C. Norway in March was very different, with temperatures around -10 degrees. The snow was also somewhat of a challenge, the ground was very slippery for a long time. It is gone now, but I am still baffled by some Norwegians approach to the cold weather. Someone I know went camping when the temperature was bordering on 0 degrees!

So, have you been engaging in some activities on your free time so far?

In Brazil almost everyone play football, me included. Since it has been quite cold here so far, I have been playing some indoors football with a group, which has been a new and fun experience. I am hoping to get to play outdoors throughout the summer.

That sounds great. We hope you enjoy your time here in Norway and wish for a fruitful cooperation through the year.

Do you want to work with Innovation at SFI Metal Production?

NTNU has just adopted a new strategy for innovation and is currently appointing 15 innovation managers to help transform more research into practice. The positions form part of the NTNU Strategic Programme for Knowledge-Based Innovation: https://www.ntnu.edu/innovation-resources/knowledge-based-innovation

Do you want to work with Innovation at SFI Metal Production?

NTNU has just adopted a new strategy for innovation and is currently appointing 15 innovation managers to help transform more research into practice. The positions form part of the NTNU Strategic Programme for Knowledge-Based Innovation: https://www.ntnu.edu/innovation-resources/knowledge-based-innovation

Announcement for the Innovation manager at SFI Metal production is found here:

Innovation manager – Metal Production and Material Technology

https://www.jobbnorge.no/ledige-stillinger/stilling/151129/innovasjonsleder-innen-metallproduksjon-og-materialteknologi

Program for the SFI Metal Production Spring Meeting 2018.

April 18th and 19th, the SFI Metal Production Spring Meeting will take place in Trondheim. See the program for more information.

Program for the SFI Metal Production Spring Meeting 2018.

April 18th and 19th, the SFI Metal Production Spring Meeting will take place in Trondheim. See the program for more information.

   

 

Program for Dross Seminar

The program for the 2018 Dross Seminar is now official. Read it here.

Program for Dross Seminar

The program for the 2018 Dross Seminar is now official. Read it here.

   

  

Business visit to TiZir Titanium & Iron AS

We are two bachelor students from NTNU. We are currently writing our bachelor thesis for SFI Metal Production. As a part of the work we went on a visit to TiZir Titanium & Iron AS (TTI), which is the company we are writing our thesis for.

Business visit to TiZir Titanium & Iron AS

We are two bachelor students from NTNU. We are currently writing our bachelor thesis for SFI Metal Production. As a part of the work we went on a visit to TiZir Titanium & Iron AS (TTI), which is the company we are writing our thesis for.

After the start-up meeting with our supervisor Kristian Etienne Einarsrud, we became very motivated. The task seemed exciting and demanding. partly because it had lots of time consuming experimental work, but also because there was a great lack of information about freeze lining in ilmenite melting furnaces. We received samples from the excavation of an ilmenite smelting furnace. It was however difficult to imagine how these were added the furnace, so we had a Skype meeting with Stian Seim and Haavard from TiZir to discuss the issue. In the meeting, it became apparent that we should visit the plant in Tyssedal to get to know the company, as well as to get a better insight into the task.

Monday, 26.02.18 at 05.00, we travelled from Trondheim to Bergen. We had received the plan for the day from TiZir. We should start with lunch, then presentation of the thesis, and finish with a tour around on the plant.

When we arrived at TiZir, we were met by Haavard Elstad who gave us various protective equipment required for visitors. We went to the administration building, where we met Stephen Lobo. We enjoyed our lunch while we became better acquainted with each other. Haavard held a presentation about the company and our thesis; and discussed the samples we had received.

On the tour of the factory, we visited the control room of the melting furnace, the electrodes they used, and the finished silo product. Stephen is an expert on the reduction of ilmenite, so he showed us the process of how ilmenite went from sand to pellets. Unfortunately, we did not see the tapping of the oven because when we arrived they were already finished. 

The company visit gave us a better insight into the projects objectives, where the samples were added in the melting furnace, and we learned more about how the ilmenite melting process works. It was interesting to see how big the machines were and gain an insight into the engineers work.

Thank you for your hospitality. Thank you for the professional discussion. Thank you for an educational visit.