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December 21th: Visit of the HTL Leoben

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On the 21st December 2012 about 20 interested students from the HTL Leoben specialising on metallurgy leaded by Dr. Bäck visited the Chair of Ferrous Metallurgy. After a general introducing presentation by Prof. Christian Bernhard the students visited four stations, where they got to know some key activities of metallurgists: Bernd Lederhaas explained the students the structure and method of a SEM/EDX-Microscope. Michael Skorianz gave the students a good insight in the working field of Primary Metallurgy. Siegfried Schider explained the students how a Laser-Scanning-Confocal-Microscope works. Finally the students visited the chair’s melting shop, where the melting team (Stefan Stangl, Gerhard Winkler, Ewald Suchadolnik und Roman Krobath) produced and cast a steel melt.

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December 10th: Diploma Examination

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The Chair of Metallurgy gratulate the young engineers: Dipl.-Ing. Stefan HEUGENHAUSER (with honors), Dipl.-Ing. Florian KEK and Dipl.-Ing. Herbert SIKOVC for succesfully completed diploma examination.
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November 30th, 2012 - PhD Exam of Michael Skorianz

November 30<sup>th</sup>, 2012 - PhD Exam of Michael Skorianz





Michael Skorianz has passed his PhD exam with distinction. The board of examination consisted of Prof. Robert Danzer, Prof. Johannes Schenk and Prof. Heinrich W. Gudenau (RWTH Aachen). All members of the Chair of Metallurgy congratulate him for this achievement.
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Verleihung der Kulturmedaille der Stadt Linz

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Mit dem Museum Nordico der Landeshauptstadt Linz gibt es seit 1985 eine enge Zusammenarbeit auf dem Fachgebiet der Archäometallurgie. Die bei archäologischen Grabungen aus den verschiedenen Epochen im Großraum Linz geborgenen Metallprodukte wurden nach der Restaurierung und Entnahmne der Proben bei der voestalpine in den einzelnen Labors mit den zur Verfügung stehenden Untersuchungsgeräten bewertet. Die aus diesen Untersuchungen erarbeiteten Ergebnisse wurden mit den aus der Metallgewinnung und -verarbeitung derzeit bekannten Grundlagen beurteilt und interpretiert. Als ein Beispiel von vielen aus der jahrzehntelangen Zusammenarbeit ist die Untersuchung des um 100 vor Christus angelegten Metalldepots vom Gründberg anzuführen, deren Beurteilungsergebnisse weltweit mit Interesse verfolgt wurden.

In Anerkennung der kulturellen Verdienste um die Landeshauptstadt Linz wurde namens des Stadtsenates Herrn Univ.-Prof. Hon.-Prof. Univ.-Doz. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. mont. Hubert Preßlinger die Kulturmedaille der Stadt Linz verliehen.

Presseaussendung der Stadt Linz

Foto: Stadt Linz / Wagner

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Guest Lecture at the University of Science and Technology in Beijing

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The Chair of Metallurgy and the School of Engineering at the University of Science and Technology in Beijing (USTB) are developing their academic exchange in the last two years. For that purpose in the past Christian Bernhard and Susanne Michelic were already invited to USTB to present the scientific work to professors and students. Johannes Schenk was invited in this time to USTB to held a tow days guest lecture about "Technological Approaches in Primary Metallurgy to enhance Efficiency for Steel Production". Special thanks to Prof. Liu for the organisation of the lectures and the hospitality. Johannes enjoyed the warm welcome and interesting discussions with the students and professors. During his stay he had also the possibility to visit the steel mill of Shougang in Qian, one of the most modern and efficient installations in China.
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November 16th: Info Day at the Montanuniversity Leoben

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On the Info Day at the Montanuniversity on November 16th 2012 about 25 interested students took the chance to inform theirself about the study of metallurgy in detail. They visited the Chair of Metallurgy, where Denise Loder gave answers to the questions: What is metallurgy? What looks the course of study like? What are possible jobs as a metallurgist? Followed by a short presentation about the students life of metallurgists by Stefanie Scheiber. Afterwards the students visited the chair’s melting shop, where Bernd Lederhaas showed them a thermite reaction, which is used for the aluminothermic welding of rails.
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Stahl 2012 - November 8th, 2012

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The annual meeting STAHL 2012 of Steel Institute VdEH and German Steel Federation was held in Düsseldorf on November 8th, 2012. The motto of this event was in this year "future starts with steel". Johannes Schenk gave a presentation of the topic "Are direct and smelting reduction technologies are a future option for an efficient steel production in Europe?". Innovative combinations of the blast furnace technology with direct and smelting reduction technologies were introduced to the audience of iron and steelmaking experts.
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October 22th: Diploma Examination

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The Chair of Metallurgy gratulate the young engineers: Dipl.-Ing. Angelika HOFINGER, Dipl.-Ing. Daniel KÖPPLMAYR (with honors) and Dipl.-Ing. Anton PICHLER (with honors) for succesfully completed diploma examination.
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ICS 2012 in Dresden

ICS 2012 in Dresden






Christian Bernhard and Pawel Krajewski participated at the ICS 2012 – 5th International Congress of the Science and Technology of Steelmaking from 1st to 3th October 2012 in Dresden. Christian reported about: “near surface austenite grain growth in different casting processes for steel: Experiments and modeling” (co-authors: S. Bragin and W. Vanovsek). Pawel presented his paper entitled: “Experimental investigations into surface crack formation under continuous casting conditions” (co-authors: R. Pierer, Ch. Bernhard, T. Schaden, S. Illie). Christian was also the co-author of the paper: “In-situ quantification of micro-segregation that occurs during the solidification of steel” presented by Stefan Griesser (another co-authors: M. Reid, R. Pierer and R. Dippenaar). Beside the very interesting conference, they also enjoyed meeting many colleagues from industry and other universities around the world.

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Visit of the GIFT- Graduate Institute of Ferrous Technology in Pohang, South Korea

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Susanne Michelic visited the Clean Steel Laboratory at the Graduate Institute of Ferrous Technology in Pohang. Stefan Feichtinger - an austrian master student - is currently working there on his master thesis on the topic "Dissolution of SiO2 inclusions in CaO-SiO2(-Al2O3-MgO) slags and the associated impact on steel properties especially focusing on clean wire steels", which is collaboration work between the GIFT and the Chair of Metallurgy. After a fruitful meeting with Prof. Kang - his advisor at the GIFT - both enjoyed the beautiful landscape of South Korea.

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Asia Steel International Conference

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Three colleagues of the Chair of Metallurgy attended the Asia Steel International Conference held in Beijing from 24th to 26th of September. Michael Skorianz gave a presentation entitled "Evaluation of Reducibility of Iron Ore Fines by reduction Tests under fluidized Bed Conditions and Petrographical Investigations", Yuriy Lytvynyuk presented his paper "Thermodynamic and Kinetic Simulation of the Manganese Ore Addition in the Steelmaking Converter" and Susanne Michelic reported about "Experimental Study on the Influence of the Ti/Al Ratio and Different Addition Practices on the Inclusion Landscape in ULC steels". Besides interesting technical discussions, they also enjoyed the Chinese culture and the scenery of Beijing.

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Guest lecture at the University of Science and Technology Beijing

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Susanne Michelic was invited to give a lecture regarding her research field "Inclusion Metallurgy" on the 21st of September at the University of Science and Technology of Beijing. Besides very interesting meetings and discussions with professors and students at the USTB, she also enjoyed a very pleasant time visiting the most famous sights in Beijing together with several students. Sinceres thanks to Prof. Liu and all his collegues and the students for their extraordinary hospitality!

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HiTemp2012 Conference

HiTemp2012 Conference






From 11 to 13th of September 2012 Peter Presoly and Siegfried Schider participated at the scientific conference HiTemp2012 in Munich.

Peter gave a presentation about a chapter of his PhD thesis titled “Simulation of DTA/DSC signals for steel from thermodynamic data and comparison with real measurements”. Siegfried presented his work with the HT-LSCM in his presentation “In situ observation of phase transformations in steels“.

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September 10th - 11th: Workshop “FactSage for Steelmaking Applications” by Prof. Jung

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Gregor Arth and Denise Loder had the chance to take part in a very interesting and informative FactSage workshop given by Prof. In-Ho Jung from the McGill University in Canada. The workshop focused on the use of the program FactSage for steelmaking applications, like modeling of inclusion modifications or illustrating changes in slag compositions during processes.

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September 7th: Info Day at the Montanuniversity Leoben

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On the occasion of the Info Day at the Montanuniversity on September 7th 2012 a group of about 15 interested students visited the Chair of Metallurgy, where Denise Loder gave them an overview about the study of metallurgy: What is metallurgy? What looks the course of study like? What are possible jobs as a metallurgist? Afterwards Bernd Lederhaas showed the students a thermite reaction, which is used for aluminothermic welding of rails, in the chair’s melting shop.

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2.-5. July 2012: Metaldays 2012

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One of the priority objectives of the Department of Metallurgy is to bring this interesting and special field of research closer to interested and enthusiastic young people with the aim of bringing forward young academics. In summer 2012 (2.-5. July) for the third time students from all over Austria had the chance to get to know the university environment as well as the city of Leoben. During these four days the students visited the different chairs within the Department of Metallurgy to learn more about the different fields of research, technical equipment and the field of activity of a metallurgist in general. Beside this there have been different visitations around the topic metallurgy, such as the visitation of the voestalpine Stahl Donawitz GmbH Co&KG and the mining plant Erzberg with a Hauly-cruise across it. After the eventfully and exiting daytime there took place some more comfortable evening events. While sitting together having food and drinks there was the possibility for communication with professors and alumni as well as students from the university. Altogether the Metaldays have been a great time for all participants and we would like to thank all financial supporters for making this great event possible.

Metaldays 2012 website

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June 25th: Diploma Examination

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The Chair of Metallurgy gratulate the young engineers: Dipl.-Ing. Denise LODER (with honors), Dipl.-Ing. Michael RIEDLER (with honors), Dipl.-Ing. Roland SEEREINER, Dipl.-Ing. Suat SÖNMEZ and Dipl.-Ing. Christoph STOCK (with honors) for succesfully completed diploma examination.
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XIII – International Conference on Modelling of Casting and Advanced Simulation Processes (MCWASP)

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From 17 to 22th June 2012 Peter Presoly and the former member of our Chair, Sebastian Michelic (now INTECO) participated at the MCWASP XIII in Schladming. Sebastian gave a presentation about the topic of his PhD thesis titled “A modified cellular automation method for polydimensional modeling of dentritic growth and microsegregation in multicomponent alloys”. Peter presented a Poster about his experimental work with the name “Linking up of HT-LSCM and DSC measurements to characterize phase diagrams of steels”.

The conference in the beautiful Ennstal was very well attended by many scientists from the casting and simulation community. The gala evening was held at a rustically mountain lodge.

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June 14th: Excursion to voestalpine Stahl Linz GmbH

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Within the course "Fundamentals of metallurgy", 32 students of the 2nd semester had the opportunity to visit the integrated steel mill of voestalpine Stahl GmbH in Linz on 14th of June 2012 .
Starting with a short company presentation, the tour continued with a visit of blast furnace A, the steel melting shop (including secondary metallurgy) followed by the continuous casters.
After lunchtime, the excursion finished with the visit of the hot dip galvanizing line. Though the students do not have profound metallurgical knowledge yet, everbody really enjoyed the tour and was impressed to watch the conversion of iron ore to steel and finally to coils of galvanized steel sheets in real life. The Chair of Metallurgy would like to thank all involved persons (especially Mr. Nitsche) for the kind hospitality.


(Picture: The group in front of one of the first LD-converters)
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June 12th: Ph.D. exam of Ralph Werl

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Ralph Werl has submitted his thesis "Single spark characterisation of steel cleanness with special focus on long products" and has now successfully passed his Ph.D. Many congratulations to the new Dr.mont. from the whole Chair of Metallurgy!

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Visit from the University of Science and Technology in Beijing

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Professor Jianhua Liu and Professor Shusen Cheng, our colleagues from the Institute of Metallurgical Engineering of the University of Science and Technology in Beijing visited the Chair of Metallurgy on the 8th and 9th of June. After the presentation of our research activities and a visit to our labs our guests enjoyed the "spirit of history" of iron- and steelmaking in upper Styria: We visited Eisenerz, the Erzberg and - on the way - the Radwerk IV in Vordernberg.

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1st International Conference on Ingot Casting, Rolling and Forging

From 3rd to 6th June Susanne Michelic and Christian Bernhard attended the 1st International Conference on Ingot Casting, Rolling and Forging in Aachen, Germany. They presented their paper "Determination of Decisive Factors Influencing the Inclusion Landscape in Electroslag Remelted Ingots", which summarized some findings out of a 4-years collaboration work between Böhler Edelstahl GmbH & Co KG and the Chair of Metallurgy.

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Visit from the University of Florida from Prof. Martin Eden Glicksman

Visit from the University of Florida from Prof. Martin Eden Glicksman





Professor Martin Eden Glicksman from the Department of Materials Science & Engineering of the University of Florida visited the Chair of Metallurgy on the 6th of July. Young scientists from our Chair presented their research activities and the laboratories. Prof. Glicksman is author of the famous book: "Principles of Solidification - An Introduction to Modern Casting and Crystal Growth Concepts".

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8th International Conference on Clean Steel in Budapest

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From 14 to 16th May 2012 Bernd Lederhaas and Susanne Michelic participated at the 8th International Conference on Clean Steel in Budapest. Susanne gave a presentation entitled "Critical evaluation of prospects and limitations of steel cleanness characterisation using automated SEM/EDS analysis". The program of the conference was full of interesting topics regarding latest achievements in steel cleanness and offered the possibility for lots of discussions within the scientific community.

One highlight was certainly the festive evening on a ship on the Danube enjoying the beautiful city of Budapest.

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FWF-TRP-project for Ass.Prof. Dr. Susanne Michelic

Great success for our young inclusion metallurgy team under supervision of Susanne Michelic: The curatorial panel of the Austrian "Fonds zur Förderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung (FWF)" approved the project "Systematic Improvement of Steel Properties by Means of Inclusion Metallurgy" for the next 36 month within the framework of the Translational Research Program (TRP). TRP focusses on the promotion of fundamental research activities at excellent scientific level and with a highly innovative character. Scientific partners are Harald Leitner from the physical metallurgy department and Professor Rian Dippenaar from our partner university in Wollongong/Australia.

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Poster Session at the Forum für Metallurgie und Werkstofftechnik 2012

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Several of our students presented their bachelor- or master theses within the poster session at the Forum für Metallurgie und Werkstofftechnik from 14 to 15th May 2012 in Leoben. Jürgen Goriupp also presented a poster concerning "Untersuchung der Verminderung der Eisenverluste bei der Roheisenentschwefelung" together with Jakob Wiener which was awarded with the 3rd place. Congratulations to this success and to all participating students for their ambition!

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May 14th: INTECO Asmet Award for Ass.Prof. Dr. Susanne Michelic

Susanne was honored with the ASMET Inteco Award 2012 for her outstanding scientific work on the behaviour of nonmetallic inclusions in the electro slag remelting process. As a part of the ASMET Forum 2012 conference dinner, INTECOs CEO, Dr. Harald Holzgruber, handed over the price. Michael Skorianz and Jürgen Goriupp could reach the second place.

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AISTech 2012 in Atlanta

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Johannes Schenk, Christian Bernhard, Michael Skorianz and Susanne Michelic participated at the AISTech 2012 - The Iron & Steel Technology Conference and Exposition from 7 to 10th May 2012 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Johannes took part at a panel discussion concerning BOF Benchmarking, Michael presented his paper entitled "Classification of fine ores regarding their reducibility with tests in a lab-scale fluidized bed reactor and petrographical analysis" (co-authors: H. Mali, J. Schenk and C.Thaler) and Christian reported about "A numerical solidification model at the interface between laboratory experiments and the continuous casting process" (co-authors: R. Pierer and S. Michelic). Further, Christian and Susanne presented their paper on "Experimental investigation into the influence of Ti on the clogging of ULC steels in continuous casting" (co-authors: G.Xia, M.Egger and A. Pissenberger). Beside the very interesting conference, they also enjoyed meeting many collegues from industry and other universites around the world in the city which is known as the birthplace of CocaCola.

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May 03th: Excursion to voestalpine Schienen GmbH

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On the 3rd of May 2012 a group of master students and several collegues of the Chair visited the voestalpine Schienen GmbH in Donawitz. After a short presentation about the company itself and the products, the visit of the rail rolling mill gave a very interesting insight in the production of a worldwide topplayer in rail systems. Many thanks to DI Helmut Moitzi for the hospitality and the very informative afternoon!

Am 3. Mai 2012 besuchte eine Gruppe von Studierenden aus dem Masterstudium Metallurgie und einige Mitarbeiter des Lehrstuhls die voestalpine Schienen GmbH in Donawitz. Nach einem Einführungsvortrag konnte im Schienenwalzwerk ein sehr interessanter Einblick in die Produktion eines weltweiten Topplayers am Schienenmarkt gewonnen werden. Wir bedanken uns sehr herzlich bei Herrn DI Helmut Moitzi für die Gastfreundschaft und den interessanten Nachmittag!

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May 02th: Ph.D. exam of Sergey Bragin

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Sergey has submitted his thesis "Thin Slab Direct Rolling of HSLA Steels (Gießwalzen von HSLA Stählen)" and has now successfully passed his Ph.D. exam, the so-called Rigorosum. Many congratulations to the new Dr.mont. from the whole Chair of Metallurgy!

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Taking new Challenges

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After 10 years as highly valuable researcher at the the former Christian Doppler - laboratory of "Metallurgical fundamentals of continuous casting processes" and later on as senior researcher and project manager of several research projects, Dr. Robert Pierer will take new challenges and change into industry. Robert, warm thanks for your significant contribution to the successful development of continuous casting research at the Chair of Metallurgy and all the best for your future!

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Approval of new COMET-K2-projects for the working group M²CC

At its last meeting, the program committee of the K2-Center for “Integrated Research in Materials, Processing and Product Engineering” in Leoben approved two new projects of the working group M²CC at the Chair of Metallurgy.


In collaboration with voestalpine Stahl and Siemens VAI Metals Technologies, M²CC and Aalto University in Finland will research on “Application of computational thermodynamics and defect models to establish quality criteria for continuously cast steels”. Based on the already developed results of the current project A4.1 in K2-phase 1, this follow-up project will further deepen the understanding of defect formation during continuous casting of steel. The key aspects of the project are

  • the development of on-line capable models,
  • their benchmarking in experiments and in combination with complex models and plant trials
  • as well as the characterization of critical steel grades with respect to phase transformation in the solid state and
  • the sensitivity for surface cracking.

The project will be started immediately, project duration is 48 month and the total project budget amounts to more than 1.8 Mio Euros. Project manager will be Peter Presoly.




In collaboration with Andritz Hydro, Buderus Edelstahl and Buderus Edelstahl Schmiedetechnik, M²CC will investigate the “Metallurgical fundamentals of the dipcasting of steel/steel composites (DipCasting)”.

Objective of the proposed project is the development of a fundamental understanding of the dip coating process in the system steel/steel based on laboratory experiments for the future production of an equally resistant, but economically more beneficial GS20Mn5/X5CrNi13.4 composite casting. A composite casting of other alloys can also be used as semi-finished part for a subsequent hot deformation process in the production of cladded materials, a possible alternative for the clad-rolling/forging process.

The project starts immediately, project duration is 39 month, the total budgets amounts to more than 500.000 Euros. Project manager will be Gregor Arth
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Seminar on “One year experience with high temperature laser scanning confocal microscopy (HT-LSCM) at the Materials Center Leoben and the Montanuniversitaet Leoben”

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On occasion of the sabbatical leave of Professor Rian Dippenaar from Wollongong University to Leoben, the Materials Center Leoben and the Montanuniversiteat Leoben organized jointly a seminar on HT-LSCM. Despite the rather inconvenient date of the event at the beginning of the Easter week, 35 interested participants were welcomed in the name of the organizers by Christian Bernhard.

Professor Rian Dippenaar is a worldwide recognized expert for HT-LSCM and is working on the method since more than 15 years. Originally from South Africa, he teaches in Wollongong since 1996 and was appointed Professor for Steelmaking and Casting in the same university in 2004. Using high-temperature laser-scanning confocal microscopy, his research team has developed techniques to study, in-situ, solidification, high-temperature phase transformations and oxidation in steel and titanium alloys.  He was a visiting professor at The University of British Columbia, Canada; The University of Tokyo, Japan; Carnegie Mellon University, USA; Tohoku University, Japan; Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands on two occasions and now The University of Leoben. 

Rians talk was entitled “Does high-temperature microscopy help us to better understand what happens in the meniscus region of a solidifying strand during the continuous casting of steel?” Besides basic considerations on the role of initial solidification on the strand quality, he emphasized the importance of the new and complementary experimental technique HT-LSCM to study these important phenomena, e.g. the solidification of peritectic steels grades.

After Rians talk, Siegfried Schider, the supervisor of the microscope presented “One year experience with HT-LSCM at Montanuniversitaet Leoben/ Materials Center Leoben”. He gave an overview on recent research activities with HT-LSCM in Leoben covering solidification (peritectic phase transformation), behavior of nonmetallic inclusions in the liquid steel, in slags and steel/slag interfaces, phase transformation in the solid state and finally grain growth. Some of the examples will be highlighted in detail.

The event was concluded with a demonstration of the HT-LSCM equipment to interested participants.

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March 26th: Diploma Examination

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The Chair of Metallurgy gratulate the young engineers: Dipl.-Ing. Ferdinand HUBER (with honors), Dipl.-Ing. Deniz KARTAL (Examination on March 23th), Dipl.-Ing. Armin PIRKER (with honors), Dipl.-Ing. Philipp STUHLPFARRER (with honors) and Dipl.-Ing. Sarah VAAS (with honors) for succesfully completed diploma examination.
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Robert Pierer and Peter Presoly attended the 141st TMS conference in Orlando / Florida

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The conference took place at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort from 11 to 15th March 2012. Scientists from over 68 countries participated this very large conference in the heard of Disney Land. Robert presented the lecture "The importance of solidification structure with respect to hot tearing during continuous casting of steels" (co-authors were Wolfgang Rauter and Christian Bernhard). Peter speech was about the "Identification of defect prone peritectic steel grades by analyzing the high temperature phase transformations" (co-authors were Robert Pierer and Christian Bernhard)

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Newsletter-reports on our new Bridge project and our new Energie2020-project

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Newsletter-reports on our new Bridge project and our new Energie2020-project, both funded by the Austrian Research Agency FFG (Kleine Zeitung).

They will start-up at the beginn of March and April, respectively. Duration of both projects is three years.

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February 24th: Ski trip of the Chair of Metallurgy

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The annual ski trip took place in Schladming on the 24th of February. The trip went from the Reiteralm to the Planai, where our funny après ski took place. Also the emeritus professor Hiebler and his wife took part on this beautiful day.

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Great success for our students Daniel Koepplmayr and Michael Riedler in the Steeluniversity Challenge 2011/12

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In the biennial worldwide virtual steelchallenge 2011/12 of steeluniversity, our students Daniel and Michael became first in the regional European competition. In this year, the participants in the competition had to produce iron in the blast furnace module and to refine the iron in the LD-converter at lowest cost.

On February, the 8th, the grand final took place in Brussels. Task in the finals - with competitors from Asia, Latin America, South America and Africa - was the production of a line-pipe steel grade in the secondary steelmaking module. Daniel and Michael came to the fourth place. The participants were awarded by Xiaogang Zhang, chairman of worldsteel and in attendance of CEOs of the leading steel producing companies, e.g. Wolfgang Eder, CEO of voestalpine Stahl.

Congratulations to Daniel and Michael and the organizers of this successful event!

The Chair of Metallurgy took part in the development of certain steeluniversity modules.

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Am 15.11.2011 fand die erste Runde der diesjährigen Steeluniversity Challenge statt. Heuer war  die Challenge erstmals in eine Vorrunde und eine Finalrunde aufgeteilt. Um die Finalrunde in Brüssel am 8 Februar zu erreichen ist der Gewinn der Vorrunde in der jeweiligen Region Voraussetzung. Ziel der Vorrunde war die kostengünstigste Erzeugung von Roheisen im Hochofen und die anschließende Behandlung im Konverter auf bestimmte Zielgehalte.

Im Hotel Amigo fand dann am 8. Februar das Finale statt. Diesmal war das Ziel die kostengünstigste sekundärmetallurgische Behandlung eines Linepipe Steels. Im Anschluss fand die Preisverleihung unter Anwesenheit von Xiaogang Zhang, chairman of worldsteel und einiger Vorstandsvorsitzende weltweiter Stahlkonzerne statt. Die Gewinner des Finales wurden zu World Champions und die Gewinner der regionalen Vorrunde zu Regional Champions ernannt.

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