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Future recruits to metal production

As part of an ongoing project on materials and sustainability at Ila kindergarten, 15 children aged 3-4 and 4 pree-school teachers visited NTNU and SFI Metal Production to learn about resources, metal production and recycling. Starting from the mineral exposition in Geology, the journey continued with a video demonstration of a furnace, followed by a more practical exercise where different materials and metals where characterized by appearance and weight. The most popular feature of the tour was the strong resemblance between molten metals and lava – metal production is both cool and hot!

By Associate Professor Kristian Etienne Einarsrud, NTNU

Future recruits to metal production

As part of an ongoing project on materials and sustainability at Ila kindergarten, 15 children aged 3-4 and 4 pree-school teachers visited NTNU and SFI Metal Production to learn about resources, metal production and recycling. Starting from the mineral exposition in Geology, the journey continued with a video demonstration of a furnace, followed by a more practical exercise where different materials and metals where characterized by appearance and weight. The most popular feature of the tour was the strong resemblance between molten metals and lava – metal production is both cool and hot!

By Associate Professor Kristian Etienne Einarsrud, NTNU

 

 

 

Congratulations Dr Nicholas!

Congratulation to Dr. Nicholas Smith who successfully defended his thesis January 18th. First, Nicholas did an excellent presentation of the trial lecture “Effects of water vapor on oxidation of various liquid and solid metals” followed by the presentation of his PhD thesis “Methods of Oxidation Inhibition for Al-Mg Alloys” and the defence.

Congratulations Dr Nicholas!

Congratulation to Dr. Nicholas Smith who successfully defended his thesis January 18th. First, Nicholas did an excellent presentation of the trial lecture “Effects of water vapor on oxidation of various liquid and solid metals” followed by the presentation of his PhD thesis “Methods of Oxidation Inhibition for Al-Mg Alloys” and the defence.

Nicholas did an impressive job and we are proud! The committee was satisfied with the quality of the theses and the handling of the raised question and comments during the defence. Thanks to Nicholas who has worked hard for three years and did excellent research with innovative results on behalf of SFI Metal Production. Nicholas has already started as a Research Scientist at SINTEF Industry.

Trial Lecture: “Effects of water vapor on oxidation of various liquid and solid metals”
Thesis: “Methods of Oxidation Inhibition for Al-Mg Alloys”

Assessment Committee:

  • Professor Bernd Friedrich, RWTH Aachen University, IME Metallurgische Prozesstechnik und Metallrecycling, Germany
  • Dr. Jan Anders Sæter, Alcoa Mosjøen, Norway
  • Professor Hans Jørgen Roven, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, NTNU

Supervisor: Professor Gabriella Tranell, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, NTNU.
Co-supervisor: Senior Research Scientist Anne Kvithyld, SINTEF Industry

Newsletter Q4-2018

This years final quarterly Newsletter is out!
We at the SFI would like to wish every one of you a very merry christmas!

Newsletter Q4-2018

This years final quarterly Newsletter is out!
We at the SFI would like to wish every one of you a very merry christmas!

   

   

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.