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December 15th, 2014 – Diploma Examination

December 15<sup>th</sup>, 2014 – Diploma Examination 1 December 15<sup>th</sup>, 2014 – Diploma Examination 2





Again the small elite circle of graduated young engineers has been enlarged. The Department of Metallurgy is pleased to announce that the following persons have successfully completed their diploma examination:  Dipl.-Ing. Stefan WEGSCHEIDER (with honors), Dipl.-Ing. Roman KROBATH (with honors), Dipl.-Ing. Xin WANG. We wish them all the best and every success for their professional future.

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December 05th, 2014 – Info-Day at the Montanuniversitaet Leoben

December 05<sup>th</sup>, 2014 – Info-Day at the Montanuniversitaet Leoben





Six students took the chance to take a close insight in metallurgy and visited the chair of ferrous metallurgy as part of the Info-Day at the Montanuniversitaet Leoben on 5th December. After a presentation about the study program by Denise Loder and Thomas Hetzenauer, the students had the exciting opportunity to join a SSCT melting experiment including the live casting of the steel melt in the Chair’s melting shop. The SSCT experiment is a unique method for the investigation of steel’s cracking behavior during continuous casting.

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December 04th, 2014 – Celebrating Saint Barbara's

December 04<sup>th</sup>, 2014 – Celebrating Saint Barbara's





In order of honoring Saint Barbara as the patron saint of mountain and hut folk, as every year the Chair of Ferrous Metallurgy organized a Saint Barbara ceremony. On 4th of December all members of the Chair got together for listening to the story of the life and death of Saint Barbara and furthermore for all that are not aware of it yet, the meaning of the traditional clothing “Bergkittel” was explained. A decorated Christmas tree and candle light atmosphere created a dignified setting and made the Barbarabier tasting even more delicious.

Thanks to Florian Penz for the presentation and special thanks also to Prof. Hiebler for his attendance and contribution for making this ceremony very special.

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November 27th, 2014 – Exciting visit of voestalpine Stahl and the Stahlwelt in Linz

November 27<sup>th</sup>, 2014 – Exciting visit of voestalpine Stahl and the Stahlwelt in Linz





Exciting visit of voestalpine Stahl and the Stahlwelt in Linz with the participants of our lecture "Iron- and Steelmaking": On November 27th a group of students spent an exciting day in Linz. voestalpine offered us the opportunity to visit the steelplant, the hot rolling mill and the materials development department. Thanks a lot to our colleagues from voestalpine for the excellent guided tours through the plants and labs.

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November 25th, 2014 – HTL Kaindorf visited the Chair of Ferrours Metallurgy

November 25<sup>th</sup>, 2014 – HTL Kaindorf visited the Chair of Ferrours Metallurgy 1 November 25<sup>th</sup>, 2014 – HTL Kaindorf visited the Chair of Ferrours Metallurgy 2 November 25<sup>th</sup>, 2014 – HTL Kaindorf visited the Chair of Ferrours Metallurgy 3 November 25<sup>th</sup>, 2014 – HTL Kaindorf visited the Chair of Ferrours Metallurgy 4





On 25th November 2014, around 60 interested students of the HTL Kaindorf visited the Chair of Ferrous Metallurgy. After a general introduction about the different study programs of the Montanuniversitaet and especially the Metallurgy study program the by Thomas Hetzenauer the students gained an insight into the topic of metallurgy. The students were shown how the raw materials iron ore and scrap are converted to every day products like coins, rails or spoons. Therefore Denise Loder explained the steel production process with the help of a steel plant model and a variety of showpieces to touch. Afterwards the students had the chance to experience and investigate selected metal products by optical microscopy. Bernd Lederhaas showed the students the scanning electron microscope.

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November 21th, 2014 – HTL Leoben visited the Chair of Ferrours Metallurgy

November 21<sup>th</sup>, 2014 – HTL Leoben visited the Chair of Ferrours Metallurgy 1 November 21<sup>th</sup>, 2014 – HTL Leoben visited the Chair of Ferrours Metallurgy 2 November 21<sup>th</sup>, 2014 – HTL Leoben visited the Chair of Ferrours Metallurgy 3





On 21st November 2014 12 students of the HTL Leoben companied by Dr. Bäck visited the Montanuniversitaet Leoben. After a general introduction into the study program of the Montanuniversitaet, Prof. Bernhard gave a presentation about ferrous metallurgy in general. The students were shown how the raw materials iron ore and scrap are converted to every day products with all the different possible process routes. Afterwards they visited the Labs of the Chair of Ferrous Metallurgy, where they rotated between four activity stations: In the lab of reduction metallurgy Martina Hanel introduced the students into the field of primary metallurgy and in the melt shop the team around Stefan Stangl had prepared a steel melt which was casted into an ingot. Further Bernd Lederhaas gave the students a close insight on metals by means of scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and Nora Fuchs explained them the High Temperature Laser Scanning Confocal Microscope (HT-LSCM). We hope everybody enjoyed the visit and hope of seeing most of the students again in the next year as students of the Montanuniversitaet.

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20th – 21st October, 2014 – 4th VDEh-CSM Seminar on Metallurgical Fundamentals, Düsseldorf, Germany

20<sup>th</sup> – 21<sup>st</sup> October, 2014 – 4<sup>th</sup> VDEh-CSM Seminar on Metallurgical Fundamentals, Düsseldorf, Germany 1





Several members of the Chair of Ferrous Metallurgy participated in the 4th VDEh-CSM Seminar on Metallurgical Fundamentals, which took place in Düsseldorf, Germany from 20th to 21st October. The seminar was organized jointly by Verein Deutscher Eisenhüttenleute (VDEh) and the Chinese Society for Metals (CSM). The following research papers were presented from the side of our Chair -

Anrin Bhattacharyya: Behaviour of chars from non-coking coals under different conditions of smelting reduction processes (co-authors: J. Schenk, G. Rantitsch, H. Heckmann)

Philip Bundschuh: Dissolution behavior of CaO in BOF-process and its effect on the kinetics of metallurgical reactions (co-authors: J. Schenk, M. Hiebler, H. Panhofer, A. Sormann, G. Klösch)

Peter Presoly: Continuous casting of hypo-peritectic steels: mold thermal monitoring and DSC-analysis (co-authors: G. Xia, P. Reisinger, C. Bernhard)

Prof. Johannes Schenk also presided as Chairman during one of the sessions.

The seminar proved itself as a good opportunity for techno-scientific exchanges between European and Chinese metallurgists.

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October 27th, 2014 – Advisory board meeting

October 27<sup>th</sup>, 2014 – Advisory board meeting





On October 27th, we invited our advisory board for the annual strategy meeting. Six hours of fruitful exchange of ideas will help to sharpen the research profile of the Chair of Ferrous Metallurgy in the light of a dynamically changing and prospering industrial environment. From the left to the right: Prof. J. Schenk, Dr. C. Majcenovic (RHI), Dr. P. Reisinger and T. Buergler (voestalpine Stahl), Dr. H. Leitner (Boehler Edelstahl), P. Karner (voestalpine Stahl Donawitz), A. Flick (CTO of Siemens-VAI) and Prof. C. Bernhard.

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October 22th, 2014 – 22 Students from Lavanthal visited the Chair of Ferrours Metallurgy

October 22<sup>th</sup>, 2014 – 22 Students from Lavanthal visited the Chair of Ferrours Metallurgy 1 October 22<sup>th</sup>, 2014 – 22 Students from Lavanthal visited the Chair of Ferrours Metallurgy 2





22 interested students from Lavanthal visited the Chair of Ferrous Metallurgy on 22nd October. The students gained an insight into metallurgy and learned how the raw materials iron ore and scrap are converted to every day products like coins, rails or spoons. Therefore Denise Loder explained the steel production process with the help of a steel plant model. Afterwards she helped the students to investigate selected metal products by optical microscopy. Bernd Lederhaas showed the students the scanning electron microscope. The tour ended with a thermite reaction in the Chair’s melting shop, performed by Nadine Tatzreiter.

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October 17th, 2014 – Guest lecture of Dr. Gerhard Kemper

October 17<sup>th</sup>, 2014 – Guest lecture of Dr. Gerhard Kemper 1





Almost thirty interested students attended the lecture of Dr. Gerhard Kemper (HKM) on "Continuous Casting". He reported on his practical experience in 30 years live as an engineer in the steel industry. His presentation included interesting aspects of the start-up and commissioning phase of a new casting machine as well as considerations on the increase of production of an existing casting machine.

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October 16th, 2014 – Peter Presoly passes doctoral examination with flying colors

October 16<sup>th</sup>, 2014 – Peter Presoly passes doctoral examination with flying colors 1 October 16<sup>th</sup>, 2014 – Peter Presoly passes doctoral examination with flying colors 2





On October 16th, Peter Presoly passed the doctoral examination with distinction. The examination committee constisted of Prof. Helmut Antrekowitsch (Chair of the commission) and the supervisors of Peters PhD, Prof. Christian Bernhard and Prof. Helmut Clemens.

Peter wrote his excellent thesis on the "Influence of alloying elements on the hypo-peritectic phase transformation in steels". He developed the DSC measurement as a trustworthy method to identify hypo-peritectic steel grades. His results will help to improve the understanding of certain sub-systems in the alloying system Fe-C-Si-Al-Mn and the role of these elements for the peritectic phase transformation much better. He already published parts of his thesis in Metallurgical and materials transactions A 44 (2013) 12, S. 5377 - 5388 and presented them at the 8th ECCC in Graz in June.

Congratulations Peter!

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12th-16th October, 2014 – MS&T – Material Science and Technology

12<sup>th</sup>-16<sup>th</sup> October, 2014 – MS&T – Material Science and Technology 1 12<sup>th</sup>-16<sup>th</sup> October, 2014 – MS&T – Material Science and Technology 2 12<sup>th</sup>-16<sup>th</sup> October, 2014 – MS&T – Material Science and Technology 3





From 12th to 16th October 2014 Denise Loder participated at the international MS&T conference in Pittsburgh, the “Steel City” of America. Denise presented her paper entitled “In-situ observation of acicular ferrite formation using HT-LSCM: possibilities, challenges and influencing factors”. Co-authors in of this publication are S. Michelic, A. Mayerhofer and C. Bernhard of the Chair of Ferrous Metallurgy, as well as R. Dippenaar of the University of Wollongong.

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October 15th, 2014 – Diploma Examination

October 15<sup>th</sup>, 2014 – Diploma Examination 1 October 15<sup>th</sup>, 2014 – Diploma Examination 2





The Chair of Ferrous Metallurgy is pleased to announce the newly graduated young engineers: Dipl.-Ing. Philipp DORRER (with honors), Dipl.-Ing. Bernadette DOPPELHOFER, Dipl.-Ing. Rainer KOLOZAR (with honors), Dipl.-Ing. Stefan STEINACKER (with honors and “Rektor-Platzer-Ring”), Dipl.-Ing. Harald SILBERGASSER (with honors) and Dipl.-Ing. Christoph SORGER have successfully completed their master examination. We wish them all the best and every success for their professional future.

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02th of October, 2014 – A warm welcome to the 36 „Schwammerl“

02<sup>th</sup> of October, 2014 – A warm welcome to the 36 „Schwammerl“ 1 02<sup>th</sup> of October, 2014 – A warm welcome to the 36 „Schwammerl“ 2





A warm welcome to the 36 „Schwammerl“ of the study program metallurgy. We wish the young metallurgists all the best for their studies at our Alma Mater Leobiensis!
To gain an insight into metallurgy, the department metallurgy invited the Schwammerl on the 2nd October. The students joined the visit of laboratories under the motto “Iron ore becomes tested metal product”, including the live casting of a steel melt in the melting shop.

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15th-26th of September, 2014 – Giro d´Italia - Field trip of the Chair of Ferrous Metallurgy

15<sup>th</sup>-26<sup>th</sup> of September, 2014 – Giro d´Italia - Field trip of the Chair of Ferrous Metallurgy 1 15<sup>th</sup>-26<sup>th</sup> of September, 2014 – Giro d´Italia - Field trip of the Chair of Ferrous Metallurgy 2 15<sup>th</sup>-26<sup>th</sup> of September, 2014 – Giro d´Italia - Field trip of the Chair of Ferrous Metallurgy 3 15<sup>th</sup>-26<sup>th</sup> of September, 2014 – Giro d´Italia - Field trip of the Chair of Ferrous Metallurgy 4





On 26th September, the annual Field Trip of the Chair of Ferrous Metallurgy came to an end and all the participants returned with lots of impressions and new experiences. For two weeks, the group travelled through northern Italy as well as Slovenia and parts of Austria (see the Road Map of the trip). The excursion consisted of not only the remarkable visits of renowned steel producers, steel plant engineering and supplying companies, but also a bonus sightseeing trip during the weekend stay at Milan. Nevertheless, the social aspects and fun were not missed out, either at the vineyard for wine tasting or by common enjoyment of the great Italian cuisine.
A report and summary will be available in late autumn.

The Chair of Ferrous Metallurgy thanks all the sponsors for financial supports as well as for assistance in general for making this great journey possible. (Very special thanks to Anton Pichler and Lukas Schmidt for their great organisational efforts).

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17th-19th of September, 2014 – 14th International Metallography Conference in Leoben

17<sup>th</sup>-19<sup>th</sup> of September, 2014 – 14<sup>th</sup> International Metallography Conference in Leoben





From 17th to 19th September 2014 Christian Bernhard, Susanne Michelic, Denise Loder, Bernd Lederhaas and Nadine Tatzreiter participated at the international metallography conference in Leoben. Christian and Susanne took over the function as chairman. Denise gave a presentation entitled “Characterization of acicular ferrite microstructures using etching methods, optical microscopy and HT-LSCM”. Co-authors of this publication are S. Michelic and C. Bernhard.

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September 05th, 2014 – Info-Day at the Montanuniversitaet Leoben

September 05<sup>th</sup>, 2014 – Info-Day at the Montanuniversitaet Leoben





On Friday the 5th of September seven interested students visited the chair of ferrous metallurgy as part of the Students-Info-Day at the Montanuniversität Leoben. Michael Riedler gave a presentation about the field of study metallurgy and Florian Penz informed the students about the student life at Leoben. At the end of their visit the melting team showed a thermite experiment at the laboratory.

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Team Building Seminar of the Chair of Ferrous Metallurgy

Team Building Seminar of the Chair of Ferrous Metallurgy 1 Team Building Seminar of the Chair of Ferrous Metallurgy 2 Team Building Seminar of the Chair of Ferrous Metallurgy 3 Team Building Seminar of the Chair of Ferrous Metallurgy 4





„All roads lead to the Mugel” was the motto of the first team building seminar of the Chair of Ferrous Metallurgy. The sporty encouraged staff used the different routes to climb the Leobner local mountain “Mugel” and in the end all efforts were rewarded with a delicious “Bretteljause” on the “Lanner Huabn”.
In the afternoon everybody had the chance for mutual exchange concerning all possible topics and matters; support concerning technical issues from our colleagues, expert knowledge from our professors and last but not least historical tutoring from our senior professor.

Thanks to all people involved (special thanks to Gerhard Winkler and Christine Lackner for the organization work) and participating for this very nice and funny day.
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A special report about the competence center K1-MET

A special report about the competence center K1-MET was published in the newspaper "Kurier" on the 21st of August 2014, entitled "Prozessentwicklung und Nachhaltigkeit im Fokus". As a part of this article the current research project K1-MET 5.7 "Thermomechanical Modelling of Continuous Casting" was taken as an exemplarily success story. The SSCT (Submerged-Split-Chill-Tensile) test of the Chair of Ferrous Metallurgy, Montanuniversität Leoben, was taken as an example for the investigation of hot tear segregations and their formation during solidification on laboratory scale

Am Donnerstag, den 21. August 2014, wurde in einer Sonderausgabe des Kurier ein Artikel über das Kompetenzzentrum K1-MET unter dem Titel "Prozessentwicklung und Nachhaltigkeit im Fokus" veröffentlicht. Als Teil dieses Artikels wurde als Projektbeispiel das laufende K1-MET 5.7 Projekts "Thermomechanische Modellierung des Stranggießens" herangezogen. Als Beispiel für die Untersuchungen im Labormaßstab wurde der SSCT (Submerged-Split-Chill-Tensile) Test des Lehrstuhls für Eisen- und Stahlmetallurgie an der Montanuniversität Leoben angeführt, mit dem die Bildung von Heißrissseigerungen während der Erstarrung nachgebildet werden können.

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Junior Euromat 2014

Junior Euromat 2014 1 Junior Euromat 2014 2 Junior Euromat 2014 3





From 21st to 25th July 2014 Denise Loder attended the Junior Euromat conference in Lausanne (Switzerland). Over 300 young materials scientists from all over the world participated in this conference. Denise gave a short presentation and presented a poster on the topic “The Use of HT-LSCM for the In Situ Observation of Acicular Ferrite”. Co-authors of this publication are S. Michelic and C. Bernhard.
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July 07th, 2014 – Visit of the Ö3-Icetruck

July, 07<sup>th</sup>, 2014 – Visit of the Ö3-Icetruck





Today the Chair of Metallurgy´s staff has been surprised with a cool and delicious refreshment by the Ö3-Icetruck. Everybody received some super tasty ice-cream, thanks a lot to Ö3 for sweetening our working-day.

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July 07th, 2014 – Project Meeting with Prof. Louhenkilpi and Dr. Miettinen in Finland / Aalto University Junior Euromat 2014

July 07<sup>th</sup>, 2014 – Project Meeting with Prof. Louhenkilpi and Dr. Miettinen in Finland / Aalto UniversityJunior Euromat 2014





On the 7th of July Prof. C. Bernhard, Mr. P. Krajewski and P. Presoly participate at the K2-project meeting in Helsinki, Finnland. The project meeting of the Project K2-A4.18 “Application of computational thermodynamics and defect models to establish quality criteria for continuously cast steels" took place at the Aalto University together with the scientific partner (Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Prof. Louhenkilpi and Dr. Miettinen) and with both industrial partners Siemens VAI Metal Technologies and voestalpine Stahl.

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30. June - 3. July, Metaldays 2014



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 2014, from 30. June to 3. July, for the fifth 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.

A statistical evaluation could reveal that more than one third of the participants of all five years are yet registered as students on our university so we are quite convinced of seeing most of the participants again. Altogether the Metaldays have been a great time for all people involved and we are looking forward to the Metaldays 2015. At least the Chair of metallurgy wants to thank all supporters, for financial supports as well as for assistance in general.
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June 27th, 2014 – Info-Day at the Montanuniversitaet Leoben

June 27<sup>th</sup>, 2014 – Info-Day at the Montanuniversitaet Leoben





Friday the 27th of June was the date for the Students-Info-Day at the Montanuniversiaet Leoben. In the wake of this about 30 interested students visited the Chair of Ferrous Metallurgy. Denise Loder gave a presentation about the research fields of the department  and Tobias Kloger informed them about the studying students life at our university. After the theoretical part the students were shown around the melting lab Michael Zarl. There they were allowed to join a thermite experiment.

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June 23th - 26th, 2014 – 8th European Continuous Casting Conference

8th European Continuous Casting Conference 1 8th European Continuous Casting Conference 2 8th European Continuous Casting Conference 3 8th European Continuous Casting Conference 4 8th European Continuous Casting Conference 5





From 23rd to 26th of June 2014 several members (C. Bernhard, G. Arth, P. Krajewski, P. Presoly, N. Fuchs, R. Krobath) of the Chair of Ferrous Metallurgy participated at the “8th European Continuous Casting Conference” at Congress Graz, Austria.
Three current research topics were presented by young researchers:

24th June:

Krajewski Pawel: „A novel approach for the simulation of surface crack formation in continuous casting“ (co-authors: C. Bernhard, R. Krobath, T. Schaden, S. Ilie, S. Louhenkilpi)

25th June:

Presoly Peter: “Identification of peritectic steel grades by thermal mold monitoring and DSC measurements” (co-authors: C. Bernhard, G. Xia)

Arth Gregor: “Experimental und numerical investigations on hot tearing during continuous casting of steel“ (co-authors: C. Bernhard, R. Pierer, S. Ilie, T. Schaden)

In the evening of the 25th of June the CoFM - team celebrated the successful presentations during the social event of the 8th ECCC in the Brauhaus Puntigam, Graz.

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June 25th, 2014 – Militärrealgymnasium visited Chair of Ferrous Metallurgy

June, 25<sup>th</sup>, 2014 – Militärrealgymnasium visited Chair of Ferrous Metallurgy





29 students of the Militärrealgymnasium in Wiener Neustadt visited the Chair of Ferrous Metallurgy. Denise Loder presented them the study program and answered their interested questions concerning the production and the properties of metals. Finally, the group visited the Chair’s melting shop, where Bernd Lederhaas and Nadine Tatzreiter performed a thermit experiment.

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June 23th, 2014 – Diploma Examination

June 23<sup>th</sup>, 2014 – Diploma Examination





The Chair of Metallurgy gratulate the young engineers: Dipl.-Ing. Philipp EICHINGER (with honors), Dipl.-Ing. Hüseyin ATA HASAN, Dipl.-Ing. Josef FASCHING (with honors) and Dipl.-Ing. Gerald GLASER (with honors) for succesfully completed diploma examination.

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June 18th, 2014 - Field Trip to voestalpine Stahl GmbH in Linz

June 18<sup>th</sup>, 2014 - Field Trip to voestalpine Stahl GmbH in Linz





On the 18th June 25 master students of the Chair of Ferrous Metallurgy companied by Prof. Johannes Schenk, Denise Loder and Anton Pichler visited the integrated steel mill of voestalpine Stahl GmbH Linz. The field trip was part of the course “Lab in Ferrous Metallurgy – Processes”.
The tour started at the technical laboratory where different tests for reactivity and strength of iron ore, coke and sinter were presented. It continued at the coking plant, followed by the sinter plant. Ending up this interesing plant tour the students visited the blast furnace A. Finally, the students had the opportunity to discuss the viewed processes in detail with employees of voestalpine Linz during dinner.
The Chair of Ferrous Metallurgy would like to thank all involved persons (especially Dr. Thaler) for the kind hospitality!

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Willy Korf Prize for Michael Skorianz

Willy Korf Prize for Michael Skorianz





Michael Skorianz (presenlty employed in ThyssenKrupp AG) received this year's "Korf Award for Young Excellence" for his research work which was a part of his doctoral thesis. This award is given to outstanding young scientists in the field of iron and steel production. The topic of his dissertation was evaluation of fine iron ores for their use in the FINEX process. The award ceremony took place on 17th June, 2014 during the conference "Steel Success Strategies" in New York. This prize is awarded annually in this large conference to outstanding young talents in steel industry in tribute to the "Steel Baron of Baden", Willy Korf. Mr. Korf built up a global steel empire before his untimely death in a plane crash in 1990.

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June 13th, 2014 - Ph.D. Examination of Martina Hanel

June 13<sup>th</sup> 2014 - Ph.D. Examination of Martina Hanel 1 June 13<sup>th</sup> 2014 - Ph.D. Examination of Martina Hanel 2 June 13<sup>th</sup> 2014 - Ph.D. Examination of Martina Hanel 3





Martina Hanel has submitted her thesis titled “Characterization of Ferrous Burden Material for Use in Ironmaking Technologies” and has successfully passed the doctoral examination. The board of examination consisted of Prof. Johannes Schenk, Prof. Helmut Antrekowitsch and Prof. Helmut Flachberger. Congratulations to the newly promoted ‘Dr. mont.’ from the whole Chair of Ferrous Metallurgy!

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June 6th, 2014 - Ferrous Metallurgy Hiking Day

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On the 6th of June, twenty persons including professors, research assistants and student staff attended this year’s hiking trip. The exkursion led the scientists through the Bärenschützklamm with a beautiful view of different waterfalls. After a small break at the inn “Zum guten Hirten” the path led on to Schüsserlbrunn, a small church. There the group split into two parts: While the main group took the longer route through the Hochlantsch to the Teichalm, the other part went directly to the Teichalm. All participants enjoyed the walking tour and the well-deserved refreshments at the Teichwirt.

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June 5th, 2014 - Field Trip to voestalpine Stahl GmbH in Linz

June 5<sup>th</sup>, 2014 Field Trip to voestalpine Stahl GmbH in Linz





Within the course "Fundamentals of metallurgy" 45 students of the 2nd semester companied by Michael Riedler, Denise Loder and Nadine Tatzreiter visited the integrated steel mill of voestalpine Stahl GmbH Linz.
Starting with a short company presentation, the first stop of the plant tour was at the blast furnace A. There the group was allowed to be present during the tapping, which was an awesome highlight for the whole group. After lunchtime, the group visited the steel melting shop, including secondary metallurgy and continuous casting. Finally, the hot dip galvanizing line was viewed. Although the students do not have profound metallurgical knowledge yet, everybody really enjoyed the tour. It was a highly interesting occasion to watch the transformation of iron ore to steel and further on to coils of galvanized steel sheets in real life.

The Chair of Ferrous Metallurgy would like to thank all involved persons, especially Mr. Nitsche, for the kind hospitality!

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22nd May, 2014 - 13th Business-Run in Bruck an der Mur

22<sup>nd</sup> May - 13<sup>th</sup> Business-Run in Bruck an der Mur 1 22<sup>nd</sup> May - 13<sup>th</sup> Business-Run in Bruck an der Mur 2 22<sup>nd</sup> May - 13<sup>th</sup> Business-Run in Bruck an der Mur 3





On 22nd May, the 13th Business-Run in Bruck an der Mur took place and the Chair of Ferrous Metallurgy participated with a team of 10 participants comprised of student staff, research assistants and the Professor of Metallurgy Johannes Schenk himself. Stefan, Felix, Johannes, Martina, Rainer, Roman, Lukas, Michael, Nora and Gregor (in order of their appearance at the finish line) achieved the benefits of their hard training and could achieve the 4th place in the category “Mixed Team of 10”. Congratulations to all the runners for their great performance and also special thanks to all the supporters and cheerleaders. We are still motivated and confident to improve our performance further within the next year and looking forward to climb the winner´s podium on the 14th Business-Run in 2015.

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May 21th – May 23th, 2014 – 23rd International Conference on Metallurgy and Materials METAL 2014

May 21<sup>th</sup> – May 23<sup>th</sup>, 2014 – 23<sup>rd</sup> International Conference on Metallurgy and Materials METAL 2014 1





METAL 2014 took place in Brno, Czech Republic from 21st to 23rd May, 2014. Two staff members of the chair participated in this conference. The conference covered topics like advanced iron and steel making, metal forming, modern trends in surface engineering, non-ferrous metals and alloys as well as economics and management of metallurgical production.

Pichler Anton presented a paper on the topic “Influence of Alkali Metals on Mechanical Properties of Lumpy Iron Carrier during Reduction”.

The Poster of Baumgartner Kerstin titled “Evaluation of the Reduction Behavior of Hematitic Iron Ore under Blast Furnace Near Conditions” was awarded an honourable mention. It was ranked within the best 8 of 230 posters which were presented at the conference.

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May 15th – May 17th, 2014 – 21st International Students' Day of Metallurg in Clausthal, Germany

May 15<sup>th</sup> – May 17<sup>th</sup>, 2014 – 21<sup>st</sup> International Students' Day of Metallurg in Clausthal, Germany 1 May 15<sup>th</sup> – May 17<sup>th</sup>, 2014 – 21<sup>st</sup> International Students' Day of Metallurg in Clausthal, Germany 2 May 15<sup>th</sup> – May 17<sup>th</sup>, 2014 – 21<sup>st</sup> International Students' Day of Metallurg in Clausthal, Germany 3 May 15<sup>th</sup> – May 17<sup>th</sup>, 2014 – 21<sup>st</sup> International Students' Day of Metallurg in Clausthal, Germany 4





From the 15th to the 17th of May the 21st International Students Day of Metallurgy (ISDM) took place in Clausthal (Germany). The ISDM is an annual conference for and organized by students of metallurgy and other related disciplines, such as material science and material engineering. At the meeting about 200 international students, mainly from Europe, get together to network and share knowledge about their field of study. With about 30 participants Montanuniversitaet Leoben showed one of the highest numbers of attendees. Kerstin Baumgartner, Nora Fuchs (both Chair of Ferrous Metallurgy) and Stefanie Scheiber (Chair of Nonferrous Metallurgy) held presentations about their research fields. All participants want to thank the ASMET for their financial support.

Nora Fuchs presented some results from her Bachelor thesis “Beeinflussung der Anfangserstarrung peritektischer Stähle durch strukturierte Kokillenflächen”. The titel of her Poster, Short Paper and Presentation was:
 Influence of structured mould surfaces on the initial solidification of peritectic steels”; (co-authors: G. Arth, C. Bernhard, G. Xia)

In addition to her presentation and short paper, Nora Fuchs won the 2nd price of the poster award during the ISDM 2014, to what we also wish to congratulate.

May 14th, 2014 – INTECO ASMET Award 2014 for Dr. Martin Egger



The PhD thesis of Dr. Martin Egger titled “Morphologische Veränderung von nichtmetallischen Einschlüssen bei der Ca-Behandlung von Stahl” was awarded the 1st prize on the INTECO ASMET Award 2014 platform. The work was supervised by Prof. Johannes Schenk.

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May 12th - 14th, 2014 – ASMET Forum for "Metallurgie und Werkstofftechnik 2014 mit Zukunftskonferenz"



From 12th to 14th May 2014 several members of the chair of ferrous metallurgy participated at the “ASMET Forum für Metallurgie und Werkstofftechnik” at Montanuniversität Leoben, Austria. Two already finished PhD topics were presented on 12th may during the session “Junge Forschung”.

  • Arth Gregor: Entwicklung von Stahl-Keramik-Verbunden mit verminderter Dichte; „Development of steel-ceramic-composites with reduced density“ (co-authors: C. Bernhard, L. Samek, A. Samoilov)
  • Krajewski Pawel: „Experimentelle Simulation der Oberflächenrissbildung beim
    Stranggießprozess mit Hilfe des IMC-B Versuchs“ (co-authors: C. Bernhard, R. Krobath, T. Schaden, S. Ilie)

In addition several works from young researchers at the chair of ferrous metallurgy were presented during a postershow:

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May 09 th, 2014 – Info-Day at the Montanuniversitaet Leoben

May 09 <sup>th</sup>, 2014 – Info-Day at the Montanuniversitaet Leoben 1 May 09 <sup>th</sup>, 2014 – Info-Day at the Montanuniversitaet Leoben 2





On Friday the 9th of May about 25 interested students visited the Chair of Ferrous Metallurgy. Anton Pichler and Tobias Kloger gave a presentation about the research fields and the studying program of metallurgy. At the end of their visit Anton Pichler showed the students the melting lab and the lab for primary metallurgy, where they were able to join a thermite experiment.

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BRIMACOMBE CONTINUOUS CASTING COURSE – 2014

BRIMACOMBE CONTINUOUS CASTING COURSE – 2014 1 BRIMACOMBE CONTINUOUS CASTING COURSE – 2014 2 BRIMACOMBE CONTINUOUS CASTING COURSE – 2014 3 BRIMACOMBE CONTINUOUS CASTING COURSE – 2014 4





From 28th of April to 2nd of May 2014, Gregor Arth attended the Brimacombe Continuous Casting Course in Vancouver, Canada. The course was held at the Renaissance Vancouver Hotel Harbourside and was focused on the basics of steel production by continuous casting processes, aiming on better casting control and improving the quality and production rate of continuously cast steel shapes. 108 persons from mainly US and Canada, but also from Europe and Egypt, including shop floor operating personnel, quality control and research personnel, management personnel and individuals in support attended the course.

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April 11th, 2014 – Reunion with Bernd and Mia Strohmeier

April 11<sup>th</sup>, 2014 – Reunion with Bernd and Mia Strohmeier







After the great success of our field trip to South Africa our local travel guides Bernd and Mia Strohmeier visited us in Leoben. Bernd Strohmeier graduated from the Montanuniversität Leoben and has been working in the field of direct reduction and steelmaking for over 40 years mostly in South Africa. On June 17, 2014 there will be a discussion with Bernd Strohmeier about the future of steel industry.

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07-08 April, 2014 – 1st ESTAD & 31st JSI

07-08 April, 2014 – 1<sup>st</sup> ESTAD & 31<sup>st</sup> JSI 1 07-08 April, 2014 – 1<sup>st</sup> ESTAD & 31<sup>st</sup> JSI 2







From 7nd to 8th April 2014 several members of the chair of ferrous metallurgy participated at the 1st European Steel Technology & Application Days (1st ESTAD & 31st JSI) in Paris. The topics covered all steel industry processes, as well as safety, environment and energy, and steel uses. Several research topics were presented from our side:

Bhattacharyya Anrin: Characterization and assessment of lump COREX® chars under various process conditions (co-authors: J. Schenk, G. Rantitsch, H. Heckmann)
Hanel Martina: Reducibility of a Hematitic Lump Ore at different near Blast Furnace Conditions (co-authors: H. Mali, J.F Schenk)
Krajewski Pawel: IMC-B - a new experimental method to predict the crack susceptibility under continuous casting conditions (co-authors: C. Bernhard, R. Krobath, T. Schaden, S. Ilie, S. Louhenkilpi)
Pichler Anton: Process behaviour of fine iron ores during reduction in a fluidized bed reactor and characterization of the morphological evolution (co-authors: H. Mali, J.F Schenk, M. Skorianz)

Both professors, Prof. Schenk and Prof. Bernhard, presided as chairmen for concerned sessions.
Beside many interesting presentations, this conference was also an opportunity to socialize with members of other European research centres, to create new projects with industrial partners and to explore the cultural diversity of Paris.

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March 31th, 2014 – Diploma Examination

March 31<sup>th</sup>, 2014 – Diploma Examination





The Chair of Metallurgy gratulate the young engineers: Dipl.-Ing. Josef DOMITNER, Dipl.-Ing. Hannes GRÖBLINGER (with honors), Dipl.-Ing. Gerhard Franz PANZL (with honors) and Dipl.-Ing. Klaus-Peter TUCAN for succesfully completed diploma examination.

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March 21th, 2014 – Info-Day at the Montanuniversitaet Leoben

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About 35 interested students and parents visited the Chair of Ferrous Metallurgy in the scope of the Info-Day at the Montanuniversitaet Leoben on 21st March 2014. Denise Loder and Thomas Hetzenauer gave a presentation to inform the students about the research fields and the study program of metallurgy. Afterwards the students visited the melting lab and the reduction lab, where Anton Pichler gave them a close insight in the field of primary metallurgy.
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Ph.D. exam of Katarzyna Benedyk

Ph.D. exam of Katarzyna Benedyk





Katarzyna Benedyk passed her doctoral examination with excellence. Main supervisor: Prof. Otmar Kolednik, vice supervisor: Christian Bernhard, Chair of the doctoral examination: Prof. Bruno Buchmayr.

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10. März 2014 – voestalpine Studentenabend - Montanuni als Karrierepool

Beim voestalpine Studentenabend nutzten am 10. März 2014 rund 450 Studierende der Montanuniversität Leoben die Gelegenheit, sich über den voestalpine Konzern zu informieren. Spannende Einblicke gaben die fünf Konzernvorstände, die über die voestalpine Arbeitswelt, Karrierechancen sowie über Innovationen und Forschungstätigkeiten referierten.

Welche Berufschancen haben Absolventen der Montanuniversität im voestalpine-Konzern? Welche Möglichkeiten hat man im Forschungsbereich? Beim voestalpine Studentenabend standen alle fünf Konzernvorstände der voestalpine AG Rede und Antwort und begeisterten mit ...weiterlesen

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March 06th, 2014 – VDEh Meeting in Leoben

March 06<sup>th</sup>, 2014 – VDEh Meeting in Leoben





The VDEh Expert Committee for continuous casting took place on the 6th of March in Leoben.
Professor Bernhard welcomed all the 32 participants at this event, with the topic "internal quality of continuous casting products".  From our K-1 and K-2 projects, the following contributions were presented:

Arth, G., S. Ilie, R. Pierer and C. Bernhard: “Heißrissbildung beim Stranggießen von Stahl: Experiment, Vorhersage und Bedeutung für die Produktqualität”

Hahn, S., T. Schaden,  P. Presoly and C. Bernhard: “Verbesserte Softreduction durch online-Berechnung thermodynamischer Materialparameter mittels DynaPhase“.

 Ferrous Metallurgy Materials Center Leoben Stahl

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TMS Young Professional Technical Division Poster Contest

TMS Young Professional Technical Division Poster Contest







Our poster "In-Situ CSLM Investigation on Dissolution of SiO2 Particels in CaO-Al2O3-SiO2 Slags" referring to Stefan Feichtingers master thesis in collaboration with Prof. Kang from Pohang University of Science and Technology in Korea was awarded the "Winning poster of EPD (Extractive Processing Division) of TMS" in the "TMS Young Professional Technical Division poster contest".

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January 31th, 2014 - Ski trip of the Chair of Ferros-Metallurgy

January 31<sup>th</sup>:  Ski trip of the Chair of Ferros-Metallurgy





The annual ski trip took place in Schladming on the 31th of January. The trip went from the Reiteralm to the Planai, where our après ski took place. Also the emeritus professor Hiebler and his wife took part on this beautiful day.
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January 29th, 2014 - HTL Hollabrunn visited Chair of Ferrours Metallurgy

January 29<sup>th</sup>, 2013 - HTL Hollabrunn visited Chair of Ferrours Metallurgy 1 January 29<sup>th</sup>, 2013 - HTL Hollabrunn visited Chair of Ferrours Metallurgy 2 January 29<sup>th</sup>, 2013 - HTL Hollabrunn visited Chair of Ferrours Metallurgy 3 January 29<sup>th</sup>, 2013 - HTL Hollabrunn visited Chair of Ferrours Metallurgy 4 January 29<sup>th</sup>, 2013 - HTL Hollabrunn visited Chair of Ferrours Metallurgy 5 January 29<sup>th</sup>, 2013 - HTL Hollabrunn visited Chair of Ferrours Metallurgy 6 January 29<sup>th</sup>, 2013 - HTL Hollabrunn visited Chair of Ferrours Metallurgy 7










On 29th January 2014 about 40 students of the HTL Hollabrunn companied by Dr. Hasenhündl visited the Montanuniversitaet Leoben. After a general introduction into the study program of the Montanuniversitaet, Denise Loder gave a presentation about metallurgy in general, the study program and typical fields of activities for graduated metallurgists. The visitation tour started at the Chair of Nonferrous Metallurgy. After having lunch together they visited the Chair of Ferrous Metallurgy, where they rotated between four activity stations: In the lab of reduction metallurgy Anton Pichler introduced the students into the field of primary metallurgy by hearing, seeing and feeling. Bernd Lederhaas gave the students a close insight on metals by means of scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Nadine Tatzreiter showed them the facilities of the metallographic lab. And Alexander Mayerhofer explained them the High Temperature Laser Scanning Confocal Microscope (HT-LSCM) and the Drop Shape Analysis (DSA). Closing the visit at the Chair of Ferrous Metallurgy the students visited the melting shop, where Anton Pichler and Stefan Stangl explained them the technical equipment and showed them a thermite reaction, which is used for the aluminothermic welding of rails. Finally the students visited the Chair Process Technology & Industrial Environmental Protection.
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January 28th, 2014 - Seminar on Steel Process Technology: Final Presentations

January 28<sup>th</sup>, 2014 - Seminar on Steel Process Technology: Final Presentations





In the frame of the lecture “Seminar Stahlprozesstechnik” six master students dealt with the topic of alloying and trace elements in the iron and steel production. They did very interesting projects about the elements Boron, Titanium, Niobium, Vanadium, Rare Earth Elements, Copper, Zinc and Tin. To complete this lecture the students presented their project work in final presentations followed by fruitful discussions.
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January 21th, 2014 - Excursion to voestalpine Stahl Donawitz

January 21<sup>th</sup>, 2014 - Excursion to voestalpine Stahl Donawitz





In the frame of the lecture “Iron- and steel metallurgy” 36 students and research workers visited voestalpine Stahl in Donawitz. After an introductory lecture about the company, its products and production route, students saw the whole production route – from sintering plant up to continuous casting machines. We thank all leaders and presenters for very interesting excursion.
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Birth of Rebekka Michelic

Birth of Rebekka Michelic





Congratulations with all our hearts to Susanne and Sebastian Michelic on the birth of their daughter Rebekka! We hope this is a wonderful time filled with lots of joy and happiness for the new family and wish them all the best for future!
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December 16th, 2013 - Stefan Griesser received his doctoral degree

December 16<sup>th</sup>, 2013 - Stefan Griesser received his doctoral degree 1 December 16<sup>th</sup>, 2013 - Stefan Griesser received his doctoral degree 2 December 16<sup>th</sup>, 2013 - Stefan Griesser received his doctoral degree 3





On Decembre 16th, Stefan Griesser received his doctoral degree as part of the official graduation ceremony from the University of Wollongong in Australia attended by his father Hubert Griesser.
After finishing his master degree in Leoben, Stefan joined the group of Prof. Rian Dippenaar at UOW as part of a collaborative agreement between Wollongong and our University in 2010. He submitted an outstanding PhD entiteld: "In-Situ Study of the Influence of Alloying Elements on the Kinetics and Mechanism of the Peritectic Phase Transition in Steel". In 2011, the first price in the prestigious Jules Byrne’s Students Presentation Competition was awarded to Stefan.

There would be much to say about Stefan but two sentences of his supervisor Rian Dippenaar might say more than a thousand words:

" .... his work and his thesis were superb, he was a most delightful individual to interact with and he made a huge contribution to our group.
His superb intellect, his vision and innovation and his unquestionable work ethic will stand him in good stead in the future."

There is nothing more to add.

Stefan, many congratulations from our side and enjoy your trip in your motorhome across Australia with your father!

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