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Graduates of the Master program Metallurgy in 2015

A review on the successful graduate statistics of 2015: 20 students took the final Master exam in 2015. All examinees passed the exam, 12 of them with distinction. 16 graduates have focused on ferrous metallurgy in their master program. 20 % of the graduates in 2015 were female, and we want to point, that all female examinees passed with distinction.

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December, 18th – Friedl und Hans Theisbacher Prize for Dr. Jürgen Goriupp

December, 18<sup>th</sup> – Dr. Jürgen Goriupp awarded with the Friedl und Hans Theisbacher Preis




Dr. Jürgen Goriupp received the Friedl und Hans Theisbacher Prize for his research work published in his PhD thesis, which was supervised by Prof. Schenk. This prize was handed over to him during the academic ceremony at the Montanuniversitaet Leoben on December 18, 2015. This prize is awarded for excellent scientific contributions in the field of refractory materials. The Chair of Ferrous Metallurgy congratulates Jürgen for this achievement.

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December, 11th – Birth of Florian Presoly

December, 11<sup>th</sup> – Birth of Florian Presoly




Our colleague Peter and his wife Alexandra became parents of a cute baby boy on December 11th. All the best for the future as a young family, health and numberless lovely moments with your little wonder! Conratulations from the whole team of the Chair of Ferrous Metallurgy!

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December, 10th – PhD examination of Florian Mayer

December, 10<sup>th</sup> – PhD examination of Florian Mayer




Florian mayer finsihed sussessfully his PhD on the numercial simulation of the formation center segregation in continuous ccasting and the influence of feeding and bulging. The examination board consited of Prof. Harald Raupenstrauch (chairman), Prof. Andreas Ludwig (1st supervisor) and Christian Bernhard (2nd supervisor).

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December, 10th – Diploma Examination

December, 10<sup>th</sup> – Diploma Examination




The Chair of Metallurgy gratulate the young engineers: Dipl.-Ing. Oliver ALF (with honors), Dipl.-Ing. Philipp MIEDLER (with honors) and Dipl.-Ing. Franz WALDSAM (with honors) for succesfully completed diploma examination.

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December, 05th – Birth of Jakob

December, 05<sup>th</sup> – Birth of Jakob




Regina Kranz, a former member of our chair and Stefan Stangl, the chief-operator of our melting shop, became parents of a lovely son named Jakob on saturday the 5th. We want to congratalute them to this enjoyable occasion very much. We wish them all the best for their future as a young family.

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December, 4th – Info-Day at the Montanuniversitaet Leoben

December, 4<sup>th</sup> – Info-Day at the Montanuniversitaet Leoben




In the scope of the Info-Day on 4th December a group of 15 interested students visited the Chair of Ferrous Metallurgy. Denise Loder gave them a presentation about the study program of Metallurgy and guided them through the Chair’s laboratories.
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04th of November, 2015 – PhD Exam of Jürgen Goriupp

04<sup>th</sup> of November, 2015 – PhD Exam of Jürgen Goriupp




Jürgen Goriupp has submitted his thesis "Die Charakterisierung hoch Al2O3- und MgO-haltiger Pfannenschlacken und deren Einfluss auf das Auflösungsverhalten nichtmetallischer Einschlüsse" and has passed his PhD exam with distinction. The board of examination consisted of Prof. Thomas Antretter, Prof. Johannes Schenk and Prof. Harald Harmuth.
All members of the Chair of Metallurgy congratulate him for this achievement.
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November, 3rd-5th – MPPE Conference

November, 3<sup>rd</sup>-5<sup>th</sup> – MPPE Conference




From November 3rd-5th 2015, Dr. Peter Presoly and the Ph.D. Candidates Dali You and Uxía Diéguez Salgado attended the International Conference on Material Processing and Product Engineering (MPPE) held in Leoben. Materials synthesis and processing, development and characterisation of materials, design of components incorporating the materials and their processing and behavior of materials and components during service were some of the topics covered during the conference in order to focus in the core issues of the industrial production chains. Dr. Peter Presoly gave an interesting presentation about 'Thermodynamic optimization of individual steel databases by means of systematic DSC measurement' which was the perfect complement for Dali You's talk entitled “On the modelling of microsegregation in steels involving thermodynamic databases”. As the last presentation of the conference Uxia Diéguez Salgado presented her first results on the “Investigation of metallurgical phenomena related to process and product development by means of High Temperature Confocal Scanning Laser Microscopy”. A good atmosphere for interesting discussions and high level presentations were kept during the three days.
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Publication in "Steel Research International"

Pichler A., Skorianz M. and Schenk J. published in the renowned Magazine “Steel Research International” an article about the new method of fine ore reduction by means of fluidized bed technology. The first article (Reduction Behavior and Structural Evolution of Iron Ores in Fluidized Bed Technologies. Part 1: Method for the Determination- DOI: 10.1002/srin.201500175) describes the fluidized bed reactor, which is installed at the Chair of Ferrous Metallurgy and a standardized methodology for reduction tests. The second article (Reduction Behavior and Structural Evolution of Iron Ores in Fluidized Bed Technologies. Part 2: Characterization and Evaluation of Worldwide Traded Fine Iron Ore Brands- DOI: 10.1002/srin.201500176) compares different types of fine iron ore according to their behaviour during reduction and fluidization.

Online available under  http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/srin.201500176/abstract and http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/srin.201500175/abstract

For special requests, please contact Anton Pichler

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21th of October, 2015 – Diploma Examination

121<sup>th</sup> of October, 2015 – Diploma Examination 1 121<sup>th</sup> of October, 2015 – Diploma Examination 2






The Chair of Metallurgy gratulate the young engineers: Dipl.-Ing. Dominique ALF (with honors), Dipl.-Ing. Johanna BOLITSCHEK (with honors), Dipl.-Ing. Gernot GSTETTNER, Dipl.-Ing. Florian KAISERGRUBER, Dipl.-Ing. Robert KLEINHANS, Dipl.-Ing. Lukas PREULER (with honors) and Dipl.-Ing. Stefanie SCHEIBER (with honors) for succesfully completed diploma examination.

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15th October, 2015 – Panel discussion at BeSt³ Graz

15<sup>th</sup> October, 2015 – Panel discussion at BeSt³ Graz 1 15<sup>th</sup> October, 2015 – Panel discussion at BeSt³ Graz 2






Denise Loder participated in the panel discussion about “Ist ein Studium für ein erfolgreiches Leben wichtig?” as part of the opening ceremony of the 30th BeSt³ in Graz. She was send there as the official representative of the Montanuniversitaet and had the chance to discuss with deputies of the University of Teacher Education Styria as well as Styrian Universities of Applied Science and Mag. Pichl of the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy.
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5.10.2015 – 9.10.2015 Asia Steel 2015, Yokohama, Japan

5.10.2015 – 9.10.2015 Asia Steel 2015, Yokohama, Japan 5.10.2015 – 9.10.2015 Asia Steel 2015, Yokohama, Japan 1




Several members of the Chair of Ferrous Metallurgy participated in the Asia Steel 2015 which took place in Yokohama, Japan from 5th to 9th October. The seminar was organized by The Iron and Steel Institute of Japan. The following research papers were presented from the side of our Chair -
Anrin Bhattacharyya: Effect of variable process conditions on the reactivity, strength and structural features of blast furnace cokes (co-authors: G. Rantitsch, J. Schenk, C. Thaler, H. Stocker,)
Elizaveta Cheremisina: Kinetics of lime dissolution in steelmaking slags (co-authors: Johannes Schenk, Tamara Tappeiner, Axel Sormann, Gerald Wimmer)
Anton Pichler: Thermochemical modelling of the alkali balance in blast furnaces (co-authors: F. Hauzenberger, J.L. Schenk, H. Stocker, C. Thaler)
With about 450 participants from more than 20 countries and a lot of interesting presentations, this conference was also an excellent opportunity for fruitful networking with South and East Asian metallurgists as well as other international participants. The conference ended with a plant tour of JFE Steel Corporation and Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation.

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07th of October, 2015 – A warm welcome to 44 „Schwammerl“

A warm welcome to the 44 „Schwammerl“ of the study program metallurgy! We wish the young metallurgists all the best for their studies at our Alma Mater Leobiensis!
On the 7th October the department metallurgy invited the Schwammerl to a tour through several laboratories following the production route of metal products. The first stop was at the reduction lab, where Philip Bundschuh showed the students how ore is transformed to metal. At the second stop Andreas Cziegler presented the casting of metal. Afterwards the group got an insight into metallography by Denise Loder. The last stop was at the melting shop, where the students joined the live casting of a steel melt. The tour ended then in a come-together with students and staff of the department metallurgy.
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2nd – 3rd October – 175 Years Montanuniversitaet Leoben: Open Campus

2<sup>nd</sup> – 3<sup>rd</sup> October – 175 Years Montanuniversitaet Leoben: Open Campus 1 2<sup>nd</sup> – 3<sup>rd</sup> October – 175 Years Montanuniversitaet Leoben: Open Campus 2 2<sup>nd</sup> – 3<sup>rd</sup> October – 175 Years Montanuniversitaet Leoben: Open Campus 3 2<sup>nd</sup> – 3<sup>rd</sup> October – 175 Years Montanuniversitaet Leoben: Open Campus 4 2<sup>nd</sup> – 3<sup>rd</sup> October – 175 Years Montanuniversitaet Leoben: Open Campus 5







2<sup>nd</sup> – 3<sup>rd</sup> October – 175 Years Montanuniversitaet Leoben: Open Campus 6 2<sup>nd</sup> – 3<sup>rd</sup> October – 175 Years Montanuniversitaet Leoben: Open Campus 7 2<sup>nd</sup> – 3<sup>rd</sup> October – 175 Years Montanuniversitaet Leoben: Open Campus 8 2<sup>nd</sup> – 3<sup>rd</sup> October – 175 Years Montanuniversitaet Leoben: Open Campus 9









On the occasion of the 175 year jubilee festivities of the Montanuniversitaet Leoben two open campus days took place on the 2nd and 3rd October. The Chair of Ferrous Metallurgy participated with the tour “Stahl – Einfach genial!”. Numerous small and big visitors from all over Austria took the chance to get to know how iron ore becomes a final steel product. Within three steps the visitors were guided through the production route of steel: Michael Zarl and Lukas Demmerer explained and showed in a short experiment how iron ore can be transformed to pig iron. The small visitors could perform an experiment by which reduced material can be separated from non-reduced ore. Afterwards Roman Krobath explained the visitors how pig iron is melted and casted to steel. One highlight of the tour was for sure the casting of a liquid steel melt performed by Stefan Stangl and Ewald Suchadolnik. Finally, Denise Loder showed the visitors different forming methods to produce a steel product out of the casted steel. As a second highlight of the tour Michael Jäger minted “Ferro” coins together with the visitors, which could be taken home as a souvenir of this exciting tour.
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1st – 2nd October – International Conference on Mining the Technosphere

1<sup>st</sup> – 2<sup>nd</sup> October – International Conference on Mining the Technosphere 1 1<sup>st</sup> – 2<sup>nd</sup> October – International Conference on Mining the Technosphere 2




The 1st International Workshop on “Mining the Technosphere” took place at the Vienna University of Technology on 1st and 2nd October, 2015. The program was very densely packed with interesting topics from resource evaluation and classification, exploration of anthropogenic resource flows and stocks, integrated assessment of technospheric mining, sustainable phosphorus management, landfill mining and last but not least the recovery of waste in and from thermal and metallurgical processes. Leading experts from more than ten countries have presented and discussed their latest research in an informal setting. The Montanuniversitaet was represented by DI Philip Bundschuh and his presentation concerning “Challenges and limiting factors for the recycling of steel scrap in Europe”.
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28th September – Visit of HTL Neufelden

28<sup>th</sup> September – Visit of HTL Neufelden




On the 28th September ten students and two teachers of the HTL Neufelden visited the Chair of Ferrous Metallurgy. The students were on their final field trip, in which they visited several technical companies and universities in Austria. During their stop at the Chair of Ferrous Metallurgy they get to know the study programs of the Montanuniversitaet focusing on the study program metallurgy. Afterwards Denise Loder and Michael Zarl guided them through the laboratories of the Chair.
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28th September – Visit of WIFI Linz

28<sup>th</sup> September – Visit of WIFI Linz




The participants of the training course metallography at the WIFI Linz visited the Chair of Ferrous Metallurgy on 28th September. After a presentation about the research areas of the Chair by Denise Loder, they go to see the metallographical lab and the HT-LSCM at the Chair of Ferrous Metallurgy. Lukas Schmidt gave them a very interesting insight into the metallography of iron ores & pellets. Finally the group was guided through the melting shop including the demonstration of a thermite reaction.
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23th-25th Steelsim Conference

23<sup>th</sup>-25<sup>th</sup> Steelsim Conference 1 23<sup>th</sup>-25<sup>th</sup> Steelsim Conference 2




From 23th to 25th September 2015 the Steelsim conference was held at Bardolino next to the Lake Garda in Italy. The conference focuses on the simulation and modelling of metallurgical processes in the steel industry. Besides the exciting presentations many fruitful talks with international scientists were made. A highlight of the conference was the visitation of the winery Cesari with a guided tour through the vineyard. The chair of metallurgy was represented by Michael Riedler with the presentation ‘A numerical solidification model as link between laboratory experiments and the continuous casting process’.

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20th-24th September –Liquid Metal Processing & Casting Conference LMPC 2015

20<sup>th</sup>-24<sup>th</sup> September –Liquid Metal Processing & Casting Conference 1 20<sup>th</sup>-24<sup>th</sup> September –Liquid Metal Processing & Casting Conference 2 20<sup>th</sup>-24<sup>th</sup> September –Liquid Metal Processing & Casting Conference 3 20<sup>th</sup>-24<sup>th</sup> September –Liquid Metal Processing & Casting Conference 4 20<sup>th</sup>-24<sup>th</sup> September –Liquid Metal Processing & Casting Conference 5 20<sup>th</sup>-24<sup>th</sup> September –Liquid Metal Processing & Casting Conference 6 20<sup>th</sup>-24<sup>th</sup> September –Liquid Metal Processing & Casting Conference 7









From 20th to 24th of September the Liquid Metal Processing & Casting Conference were held at Leoben. The LMPC is organized every two years and took place 2013 in Austin, USA and 2011 in Nancy, France. The chair of ferrous metallurgy presented the following four interesting papers on this conference:

S. Michelic, U. Salgado and C. Bernhard: In-situ observation of the behaviour of non-metallic inclusions at different interfaces in the system steel-slag-refractory

G. Arth, M. Taferner, C. Bernhard and S. Michelic: Experimental und numerical investigations on cooling efficiency of Air-Mist nozzles on steel during continuous casting

P. Presoly and C. Bernhard: On the importance of thermodynamic investigations for there-assessment of selected ternary Fe-base systems

M. Riedler, S. Michelic and C. Bernhard: Formation of shrinkage porosity during solidification of steel:Numerical simulation and experimental validation

Besides the inspiring presentation many exciting discussion with researcher around the world were made.

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14.09.2015 – 25.09.2015 Annual Excursion of the Chair of Ferrous Metallurgy

14.09.2015 – 25.09.2015 Annual Excursion of the Chair of Ferrous Metallurgy 1 14.09.2015 – 25.09.2015 Annual Excursion of the Chair of Ferrous Metallurgy 2 14.09.2015 – 25.09.2015 Annual Excursion of the Chair of Ferrous Metallurgy 3 14.09.2015 – 25.09.2015 Annual Excursion of the Chair of Ferrous Metallurgy 4





On 25th 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 South Korea and China. The excursion consisted of not only the remarkable visits of renowned steel producers, supplying companies and research institutes, but also bonus sightseeing trips to Gyongju (Korea), to the Great Wall and to Beijing. Besides great impressions about the East Asian Steel production, experiences of a different and foreign culture were also gained. Especially the Asian food was a highlight of this year’s field trip.

The Chair of Ferrous Metallurgy thanks the companies and universities, which have welcomed us very friendly and all the sponsors for financial supports as well as for assistance in general for making this great journey possible.
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24th September - Meeting with Primetals Technologies

24<sup>th</sup> September - Meeting with Primetals Technologies 1 24<sup>th</sup> September - Meeting with Primetals Technologies 2 24<sup>th</sup> September - Meeting with Primetals Technologies 3 24<sup>th</sup> September - Meeting with Primetals Technologies 4




On September 24th, an international delegation of Primetals Technologies including technologists from Japan, Great Britain and Austria visits our Chair. Primetals Technologies is a strategic industry partner for the Chair of Ferrous Metallurgy.
There is already a long lasting and very intense cooperation between Primetals Technologies and our chair concerning diverse research topics regarding primary metallurgy as well as continuous casting. Several colleagues presented their research areas allowing a deep insight in current research projects. Additonally, a visit of our lab facilities gave a very practical view of our work.
The day ended with a visit of the historical site Radwerk IV in Vordernberg under the guidance of Prof. Hiebler and a joint dinner.

We were pleased to welcome this international delegation at our Chair and are looking forward to the ongoing very good cooperation!

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19th September – Visit of a delegation of the Wuhan University of Science & Technology (WUST)

19<sup>th</sup> September – Visit of a delegation of the Wuhan University of Science & Technology (WUST)




On September 19th, Prof. Harmuth accompagnied a delegation of the Wuhan University of Science & Technology to visit the Chair of Ferrous Metallurgy.
The delegation headed by the vice president of the WUST got a general idea of the main research topics at out Chair and also visited the laboratory facilities. The afternoon was filled with very interesting and fruitful discussions.
It was a pleasure to welcome the delegation at our Chair and we are looking forward to possible collaborations in the future!
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18th September – Visit of HLUW Yspertal

18<sup>th</sup> September – Visit of HLUW Yspertal




On the 18th September we had the opportunity to welcome 17 students of the HLUW Yspertal at the Chair of Ferrous Metallurgy. Denise Loder presented the study program of metallurgy and visited the melting shop with them. Lukas Schmidt gave the students an introduction into reduction metallurgy and explained why new direct reduction processes are so beneficial compared to the traditional blast furnace.
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8th-10th September - 9th International Conference on Clean Steel in Budapest

8<sup>th</sup>-10<sup>th</sup> September - 9<sup>th</sup> International Conference on Clean Steel in Budapest




Denise Loder attended the 9th International Conference on Clean Steel in Budapest from 8th to 10th September 2015. At the conference 170 experts on steel cleanness met and discussed recent developments and future trends. Denise gave a presentation entitled “Specific use of non-metallic inclusions for the formation of acicular ferrite structures: thermodynamic modeling and laboratory experiments”. Co-author of the paper was Susanne Michelic. Beside the fruitful discussions, the conference dinner on a ship cruising on the Danube river was definitely a special highlight of Clean Steel 2015.
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31st August 2015 – Lehrabschlussprüfung Nadine Tatzreiter

31<sup>st</sup> August 2015 – Lehrabschlussprüfung Nadine Tatzreiter






Nadine Tatzreiter passed her final apprenticeship examination successfully. She is now a skilled worker for material engineering. We congratulate Nadine and wish her all the best for her future!!!
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11th to 14th Aug. 2015 - Visit of universities in Brazil

Prof. Schenk visited during his business trip to Brazil three universities which cover the field of metallurgy in academic education and research. During his four day trip in Brazil, he had the chance to meet the professors and the researchers of the Universidade Federal Fluminense (UFF) in Volta Retonda, the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG) in Belo Horizonte and the Universidade Federal de Ouro Preto (UFOP), Ouro Preto. He discussed with the representatives of the universities about possible cooperation in education and research in the common field of metallurgy.

UFOP and Montanuniversitaet Leoben have signed an exchange agreement in 2013 which promotes the exchange of students between both universities. This exchange program is financially supported by Thyssen Krupp Steel Europe (TKSE). Prof. Schenk had the chance to meet the Rector of UFOP, the Director of the Escolal de Minas in UFOP and the Director of human resources of TKSE in Ouro Preto. A topic of this meeting was the extension of the cooperation between the partners in the field of academic education. Principal agreements were made about the possibility to implement a joint master degree program for metallurgy between UFOP and MU Leoben.

 

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7th Aug, 2015 - Successful defence of Master Thesis by Daniel Godinho de Carvalho at Universidade Federal Fluminense (UFF)

Daniel Godinho de Carvalho started to work on his master thesis at the Chair of Ferrous Metallurgy during his semester abroad in Leoben 2013. He is now working at TK-CSA and has finished recently theses at home in Brazil. The defense of the thesis was on 7th Aug. 2015 at his home university Universidade Federal Fluminense (UFF) in Volta Redonda, Brazil. Prof. Johannes Schenk was the second supervisor and one of the examiners of the thesis. The Chair of Ferrous Metallurgy congratulates Daniel to his new academic degree and wishes him all the best for his private and professional future.


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Interesting newspaper report about our new competence centre K1-MET

Interesting report in the daily newspaper Kurier about our new competence centre K1-MET with comments of Prof. Johannes Schenk.

Report in PDF

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IAESTE Exchange Program

Also this summer the Chair of Ferrous Metallurgy shared the IAESTE- exchange program for young technical students. It is a possibility for them to gain experience in working life and to establish ties with other students from the whole world. This year Mrs. Haifaa Haddad from Jordan worked at the Chair of Ferrous Metallurgy. For 6 weeks she dealt with the behaviour of sulfur in metal-slag systems.  We hope that you have met a lot of new friends and collegues and that you have learnt tools and know-how for your further professional life.

IAESTE Exchange Program

My internship for this summer with IAESTE was in Montanuniversitaet Leoben,at the chair of ferrous metallurgy. It was one of the most enjoyable and educational experiences of my life. The project which i was to complete within my six weeks in Leoben with the help of the industrial partners dealt with Distribution of sulfur in hot metals and slags.This experience allowed me to become familiar with practical and laboratory work as well as improving my skills to write scientific reports. Am very grateful for the chance to work with such a nice people.I have done a lot of travelling inside and outside Austria, met some lovely people and will go back to jordan with new skills and unforgettable memories.

Haifa Haddad

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July 6th - 9th, Metaldays 2015

On Thursday 9th of July the sixth Metaldays came to an end. 25 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 and visited the voestalpine Stahl Donawitz GmbH Co&KG and the mining plant Erzberg with a Hauly-cruise across.
The Chair of Metallurgy wants to thank all the sponsoring companies for their generous support as well as the organizing staff for making this event possible.

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June 24th – 25th, Visit of the Chair of Ferrous Metallurgy and Invited Lecture by Prof. Kinnor Chattopadhyay from University of Toronto

June 24th – 25th, Visit of the Chair of Ferrous Metallurgy and Invited Lecture by Prof. Kinnor Chattopadhyay from University of Toronto




After the visit of Anrin Bhattacharyya in Toronto last April, Prof. Kinnor Chattopadhyay from the University of Toronto visited our Chair on 24th and 25th of June, 2015. He leads the Process Metallurgy and Modelling (PM2G) at the University of Toronto. On 24th, he was offered a guided tour of Radwerk IV in Vordenberg by Em. Prof. H. Hiebler, who delivered an enthralling guided tour through the Blast Furnace Museum. On 25th, Prof. Chattopadhyay delivered a guest lecture on the theme “Modelling of Metallurgical Processes: Research Initiatives at the Process Metallurgy and Modelling Group at the University of Toronto” where he explained the current research activities pertaining to ferrous metallurgy at his university. His lecture was enthusiastically attended by professors and researchers of our Chair as well as members from other institutes of MUL. The visit ended in fruitful scientific exchanges and opened possible opportunities for future collaborations.
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22th June, 2015 - Diploma Examination

22<sup>th</sup> June, 2015 - Diploma Examination 1




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. Kerstin BAUMGARTNER (with honors), Dipl.-Ing. Caterina BENIGNI (with honors), Dipl.-Ing. Florian DIERER, Dipl.-Ing. Florian PENZ and Dipl.-Ing. Manuel LEUCHTENMÜLLER. We wish them all the best and every success for their professional future.
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2nd ESTAD and METEC, June 15th-19th, Düsseldorf Germany

2<sup>nd</sup> ESTAD and METEC, June 15<sup>th</sup>-19<sup>th</sup>, Düsseldorf Germany 1 2<sup>nd</sup> ESTAD and METEC, June 15<sup>th</sup>-19<sup>th</sup>, Düsseldorf Germany 2 2<sup>nd</sup> ESTAD and METEC, June 15<sup>th</sup>-19<sup>th</sup>, Düsseldorf Germany 3




It happens every four years that one of the largest International Metallurgical Trade Fairs, the METEC, is taking place in Düsseldorf. In addition to this truly impressive exhibition with 78 000 visitors from more than 120 countries, the 2nd ESTAD conference was hold. This conference, held from 15th to 19th of June, was attended by Christian Bernhard, Martina Hanel, Gregor Arth and Philip Bundschuh which were giving presentations about their research topics and further Johannes Schenk was invited to a Round Table Discussion regarding the Future of Iron and Steel Industry.
Altogether it was a great week with plenty of opportunities for interaction with company-partners, learning from the international who's who of iron and steel community and of course for scientific and social networking.
For detail information see the homepage of the event: 
http://www.metec-estad2015.com

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18th June, 2015 - Visit of voestalpine Stahl Donawitz GmbH

18<sup>th</sup> June, 2015 - Visit of voestalpine Stahl Donawitz GmbH




Within the course "Fundamentals of metallurgy" 43 students of the 2nd semester companied by Denise Loder, Uxia Salgado, Dali You and Thomas Hetzenauer visited the compact LD steel mill of voestalpine Donawitz GmbH. After a short company presentation the group was guided through the plant following the transformation of iron ore to steel rails: First the group visited the blast furnace, where they had the possibility to observe the tapping of hot metal. Then they viewed the continuous caster CC4 and the billet rolling mill. Their third stop was at the rail rolling mill. Finally, the group was invited to a delicious lunch. Although many students do not have extensive metallurgical knowledge yet, everybody really enjoyed the interesting tour!!!
The Chair of Ferrous Metallurgy would like to thank all involved persons, especially Mr. Moitzi, for the kind hospitality!
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10th June, 2015 - Visit of voestalpine Stahl GmbH Linz

10<sup>th</sup> June, 2015 - Visit of voestalpine Stahl GmbH Linz




On the 10th June, 25 master students of the Chair of Ferrous Metallurgy companied by Prof. Johannes Schenk 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 DI Bürgler and Dr. Thaler) for the kind hospitality!
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28th May, 2015 - Business-Run in Bruck an der Mur - The success story continuous

28<sup>th</sup> May, 2015 - Business-Run in Bruck an der Mur - The success story continuous 1 28<sup>th</sup> May, 2015 - Business-Run in Bruck an der Mur - The success story continuous 2 28<sup>th</sup> May, 2015 - Business-Run in Bruck an der Mur - The success story continuous 3 28<sup>th</sup> May, 2015 - Business-Run in Bruck an der Mur - The success story continuous 4




It was 28th of May 2015 in Bruck an der Mur when last year´s running performance could be further improved. Again the Chair of Ferrous Metallurgy participated with a team of 10, comprised of student staff, research assistants and the Professor of Metallurgy Johannes Schenk himself. The team members Felix, Martina, Johannes, Michael B., Anton, Paul, Alexander, Michael R., Philip and Philipp delivered a top performance and once more achieved the 4th place in the category “Mixed Team of 10” (9th place of all teams). Congratulations to all the runners for their great performance and also special thanks to all the supporters and cheerleaders.

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Success at ASMET Forum

May 12<sup>th</sup> - 15<sup>th</sup>, 6<sup>th</sup> Success at ASMET Forum 1 May 12<sup>th</sup> - 15<sup>th</sup>, 6<sup>th</sup> Success at ASMET Forum 2




This year´s ASMET Forum, which took place from 19th -20th May, was quite successful for the members of the Chair of Ferrous Metallurgy. First to mention the poster show, the top three posters (1st Place Martina Hanel and Birgit Kain-Bückner, 2nd Place Rainer Koloszar and 3rd Place Alexander Mayerhofer) were all originated from scientific projects within the Chair.
But especially the great honour for Peter Presoly has to be mentioned. He was granted the INTECO-ASMET Award for his work within the dissertation which was handed over by Bruno Hribernik (ASMET) and Wolfgang Holzgruber (INTECO).
Congratulations to all the winners as well as the associated supervisors. 

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May 12th - 15th, 6th International Congress on the Science and Technology of Steelmaking (ICS 2015)

May 12<sup>th</sup> - 15<sup>th</sup>, 6<sup>th</sup> International Congress on the Science and Technology of Steelmaking (ICS 2015) 1 May 12<sup>th</sup> - 15<sup>th</sup>, 6<sup>th</sup> International Congress on the Science and Technology of Steelmaking (ICS 2015) 2 May 12<sup>th</sup> - 15<sup>th</sup>, 6<sup>th</sup> International Congress on the Science and Technology of Steelmaking (ICS 2015) 3




Johannes Schenk, Susanne Michelic and Philipp Bundschuh took part at the ICS held in Bejing from 12th to 15th May 2015. Johannes was part of the international advisory board and chaired a session related to hot metal pretreatment. Susanne gave a keynote presentation entitled "On the formation and modification of non-metallic inclusions in Ti-alloyed ferritic chromium steels with special regard to the role of heterogeneous nucleation". Philipp also presented his work within a keynote lecture dealing with the "Effect of the interaction area on the thermodynamic and kinetic modelling of the BOF converter". The conference was full of interesting discussions and meetings with peoples related to the metallurgical scientific community from all over the world.

Also, Hongbo Liu - a student from USTB - presented a poster on the "Technologies for low carbon Fe-Mn-Si-Al TWIP steel smelting". Susanne was a co-author of this poster, dealing with several aspects covered within the NFSC project awarded to her in 2013 from the National Natural Science Foundation of China. The project deals with non-metallic inclusions in TWIP steels and is a cooperation between USTB and our chair.

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May 11th, Visit and guest lectures at the University of Science and Technology Beijing

May 11<sup>th</sup>, Visit and guest lectures at the University of Science and Technology Beijing 1 May 11<sup>th</sup>, Visit and guest lectures at the University of Science and Technology Beijing 2 May 11<sup>th</sup>, Visit and guest lectures at the University of Science and Technology Beijing 3 May 11<sup>th</sup>, Visit and guest lectures at the University of Science and Technology Beijing 4 May 11<sup>th</sup>, Visit and guest lectures at the University of Science and Technology Beijing 5 May 11<sup>th</sup>, Visit and guest lectures at the University of Science and Technology Beijing 6










A delegation of our Chair visitied the University of Science and Technology in Beijing on May 11th. Next to a doctoral seminar given by students from USTB and a laboratory visit, Johannes Schenk, Susanne Michelic and Philipp Bundschuh gave lectures on behalf of the start of the academic circle on the topics hydrogen plasma smelting reduction, clogging and modeling of reactions in a BOF converter. Furthermore, they had a meeting with the head of the international office from USTB in order to discuss the final details of the collaboration agreement. The final signature will follow in the next weeks.

Cordial thanks to Professor Jianhua Liu and his colleagues as well as all students for making this visit very special. We are looking forward to our next meeting in autumn during the field trip of our chair.

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8th May, 2015 - Info-Day at the Montanuniversitaet Leoben

8<sup>th</sup> May, 2015 - Info-Day at the Montanuniversitaet Leoben




In the scope of the Info-Day at the Montanuniversitaet Leoben on 8th May 2015 interested pupils had the chance to gain a close insight into metallurgy. After a presentation about the study program by Denise Loder, Nadine Tatzreiter showed the visitors a thermite reaction, which is used for the welding of railways, in the Chair’s melting shop.

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May 4th - 7th, AISTech 2015 and ICSTI, Cleveland, USA

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Several members of the Chair of Ferrous Metallurgy participated in the AISTech 2015 which took place together with 7th International Congress on the Science and Technology of Ironmaking (ICSTI) in Cleveland, USA from 4th to 7th May. The seminar was organized by Association of Iron and Steel Technology (AIST). The following research papers were presented from the side of our Chair -

Anrin Bhattacharyya: Experimental Analysis of the Interfacial Wetting Phenomena between Slag and Coke Surface under Simulated Conditions of the Bosh Region of Blast Furnace (co-authors: J. Schenk, G. Arth, H. Stocker, C. Thaler)

Philip Bundschuh: Impact of Different Heat Capacity Functions on Thermodynamic and Kinetic Modeling of the Basic Oxygen Furnace (co-authors: J. Schenk, S. Schütt, H. Panhofer, A.Sormann)

Martina Hanel: Chemistry vs. Morphology vs. Reducibility — Some (Non-) Existing Correlations (co-authors: B. Kain-Bückner, J.Schenk, H. Mali, F. Hauzenberger, C. Thaler, H. Stocker)

With more than 7000 visitors and a large number of interesting presentations, this conference was also an excellent opportunity for fruitful networking with North American metallurgists as well as large number of international participants.

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April 28th - 30th, Invited talk at University of Toronto and Visit of McGill University by Anrin Bhattacharyya

Anrin Bhattacharyya was invited by the University Of Toronto, Canada for delivering a lecture focusing on the current research activities of our Chair. The lecture, titled “Research Activities at the Chair of Ferrous Metallurgy, Montanuniversität Leoben” was a fine opportunity to present the activities of our Chair as well as studying in MUL and life in Leoben before a Canadian audience consisting of students, researchers and professors. A number of inquisitive questions came from the audience. He also visited laboratories at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and held meetings about possibilities of research collaboration in future with Prof. Kinnor Chattopadhyay, the professor of extractive metallurgy. Prof. Chattopadhyay is also scheduled to visit Leoben on 25th June, 2015.

April 28<sup>th</sup> - 30<sup>th</sup>, Invited talk at University of Toronto and Visit of McGill University by Anrin Bhattacharyya

He also visited the McGill University in Montreal, where he was invited by Prof. R. L. Guthrie to visit the laboratories of McGill Metals Processing Centre, including the pilot strip casting facility. Further meetings also took place for possibilities of future collaborations.

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April 30th, Visit from POSLAB Korea

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The Chair of Ferrous Metallurgy was pleased and honoured to open the doors for visitors from POSLAB from Korea. After a very interesting presentation of Dr. Park, the head of POSLAB, Prof. Dr. Christian Bernhard and Dr. Martina Hanel had the chance to introduce the guests to our different research fields and investigation topics. Afterwards a short visit of the lab facilities was possible.
We would be pleased to seeing them again in the near future, maybe already during the field trip of the Chair of Ferrous Metallurgy to Korea in autumn.

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April 22th, University of Science and Technology Beijing awarded the title Guest Professor to Christian Bernhard

University of Science and Technology Beijing awarded the title Guest Professor to Christian Bernhard University of Science and Technology Beijing awarded the title Guest Professor to Christian Bernhard




The University of Science and Technology in Beijing is one of the leading Universities in the field of Metallurgy in China. Since 2008, members of the Chair of Ferrous Metallurgy were invited to give guest lectures in Beijing. This years Ferrous Metallurgy field trip in September will bring the Master students of Leoben and USTB together in Beijing.

On April 22nd 2015, USTB awarded the title Guest Professor to Christian Bernhard. Afterwards he gave a two days seminar on different aspects of high-temperature laser confocal microscopy investigations and has been able to lead many interesting discussions with colleagues and students.

An official collaboration between the two Universities is currently under discussion. As part of this agreement, the Chair of Ferrous Metallurgy will in future invite selected researcher and PhD-students from USTB to spend a guest semester in Leoben.

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April 20th, Works council of voestalpine Steel Linz visits Chair of Ferrous Metallurgy

April 20<sup>th</sup>, Works council of voestalpine Steel Linz visits Chair of Ferrous Metallurgy




The Chair of Ferrous Metallurgy had the pleasure to welcome 17 members of the works council of voestalpine Steel Linz. After a presentation by Susanne Michelic about the Chair’s research areas, Martina Hanel und Denise Loder guided them through the laboratories of reduction metallurgy and thermal analyses.

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April 14th, 175 YEARS OF FERROUS METALLURGY

Montanuniversität’s Chair of Ferrous Metallurgy celebrated its 175th anniversary. Rector Wilfried Eichlseder and Mayor of Leoben, Kurt Wallner, welcomed around 100 guests at the anniversary-symposium. Exciting presentations were then held on the history of metallurgy and on current research projects. Representatives from the following partner universities were present: Technical University Freiberg, Technical University Clausthal, RWTH Aachen and the University of Duisburg-Essen. “ It was a great academic celebration and we look forward to the next 175 years of ferrous metallurgy at Montanuniversität Leoben”, Head of the Chair, Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. techn. Johannes Schenk, concludes.

Die Eisen- und Stahlmetallurgie in Leoben blickt auf eine lange Tradition zurück. Mit der Gründung der Steiermärkisch-Ständischen Montanlehranstalt in Vordernberg im Jahre 1840 durch Erzherzog Johann und der Aufnahme des Lehrbetriebs mit Peter Tunner als Professor für Berg- und Hüttenkunde wurde der Grundstein einer langen Erfolgsgeschichte der Eisenhüttenkunde in Leoben gelegt.

Um dem 175-jährigen Jubiläum einen ehrwürdigen Rahmen zu geben, veranstaltete der Lehrstuhl für Eisen- und Stahlmetallurgie am Dienstag ein eintägiges Symposium. Dabei wurden die rund 100 geladenen Gäste zuerst vom Rektor der Montanuniversität Prof. Dr. Wilfried Eichlseder sowie dem Bürgermeister der Stadt Leoben Herrn Kurt Wallner begrüßt. Es folgten lehrreiche Vorträge zum Beitrag Leobens zur Metallurgie des 19. und 20. Jahrhunderts sowie ein Streifzug durch aktuelle Forschungsthemen des Lehrstuhls. Auch Vertreter der deutschen Schwesteruniversitäten Freiberg, Clausthal, Aachen und Duisburg trugen maßgeblich zur fachlichen Vielfalt des Symposiums bei. Abends konnten die Teilnehmer im Rahmen einer Führung von em. Prof. Herbert Hiebler durch die ehemalige Lehrfrischhütte und das Radwerk IV in Vordernberg in die traditionsreiche Geschichte eintauchen. Der Tag fand einen gemütlichen Ausklang bei Speis und Trank in den traditionsreichen Gemäuern des, heutzutage als Museum umgebauten, Hüttengebäudes des Radwerks IV.

„Es war ein würdiges Fest und wir freuen uns auf die nächsten 175 Jahre Eisen- und Stahlmetallurgie in Leoben“ resümiert der amtierende Professor des Lehrstuhls Prof. Dr. Johannes Schenk.

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April 10th, Technikqueens

April 10<sup>th</sup>, Technikqueens April 10<sup>th</sup>, Technikqueens




13 young women of the program Technikqueens, initiated by the OMV AG, visited on 10th April the Department Metallurgy. Looking for the “pot of gold” the girls visited several laboratories of the Chair of Ferrous Metallurgy and learned how iron ore becomes a tested metal product.

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March 26th, 2015 – HTL Voitsberg visited the Department of Metallurgy

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Ten young men of the HTL Voitsberg visited accompanied by two teachers the Department of Metallurgy on 26th March. Denise Loder gave them an insight in the study program and the subject areas of metallurgy. Afterwards the interested students were guided through the laboratories of the Chair of Ferrous Metallurgy: HT-LSCM by Bernd Lederhaas, reduction metallurgy lab by Anton Pichler and finally, the Chair’s melting shop.

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March 23th, 2015 – Diploma Examination

March 23<sup>th</sup>, 2015 – Diploma Examination




The Chair of Metallurgy gratulate the young engineers: Dipl.-Ing. Michael AICHINGER, Dipl.-Ing. Andreas FASCHING (with honors), Dipl.-Ing. Georg Michael KÜCHER (with honors) and Dipl.-Ing. Alexander Maximilian WALZL for succesfully completed diploma examination.

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March, 20th – Info-Day at the Montanuniversitaet Leoben

March, 20<sup>th</sup> – Info-Day at the Montanuniversitaet Leoben




On 20th March we had the pleasure to welcome a really large number of interested students at the Department Metallurgy. After a presentation about the study program metallurgy by Denise Loder, Nadine Tatzreiter performed together with the students a thermite reaction in the Chair’s melting shop

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March 6th, 2015 - Ski trip of the Chair of Ferros-Metallurgy

March 6<sup>th</sup>, 2014 - Ski trip of the Chair of Ferros-Metallurgy




The annual ski trip took place in Schladming on the 6th of March. The trip went from the Reiteralm to the Planai, where our après ski took place. Also the emeritus professor Hiebler took part on this beautiful day.
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17th February – Faschings-Party at the Chair of Ferrous Metallurgy

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Ein kurzfristiges Umfunktionieren unserer Lehrstuhl-Bibliothek ermöglichte es, in lustiger Runde eine kleine Faschingsparty zu veranstalten. Vor Beginn der 40-tägigen Fastenzeit nutzten die Mitarbeiter des Lehrstuhls diese letzte Chance um Krapfen, Sekt und Bier zu genießen.

For the sake of having a small “Faschings-Party” our library was temporary converted to place for fun and laughter. The whole staff used their last chance of enjoying “Krapfen”, sparkling wine and beer before the 40 days of Lent.
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Birth of Lorelei Margit Arth

Birth of Lorelei Margit Arth




Gregor and Jasmin Arth became parents of a beautiful daughter on February 8th. Many congratulations and all the best for the young family!
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10th February 2015 – Women in Science Day / Frauen in die Technik (FiT) Tag

10<sup>th</sup> February 2015 – Women in Science Day / Frauen in die Technik (FiT) Tag




On the FiT-Day 19 young women visited the Montanuniversitaet Leoben to gain an insight into the study programs of metallurgy and polymer engineering. After welcoming and introducing words of Sophie Zeiler and Denise Loder, two students presented the Montanuniversitaet Leoben in general. Then the girls visited the laboratories of the Chair of Ferrous Metallurgy under the heading “Iron ore becomes tested metal product” presented by Denise Loder and Bernd Lederhaas. The tour ended in the Chair’s melting shop, where the group had the possibility to join the production and analysis of a steel melt. Afterwards the girls moved on to the laboratories of polymer engineering.
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04th February – Visit of CSIR-IMMT in Bhubaneswar, India

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Prof. J. Schenk handed over to Prof. B.K. Mishra (left) a memento from Leobe Visit of the Hydrogen Plasma Smelting Reduction Facility of IMMT (from left: Mr. Behera, Dr. Plaul, Prof. Schenk, Dr. Bhoi)
On Feb. 4, 2015 Prof. Johannes Schenk participated in a research colloquium at the Institute of Minerals and Materials Technology (IMMT) of the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) in Bhubaneswar, India. He was welcomed by the Director of IMMT, Prof. B.K. Mishra. Further, Prof. Schenk delivered a presentation on the topic “Potentials and Challenges for Use of Hydrogen in Iron and Steel Production”. Dr. Friedemann Plaul, a doctoral alumnus of the Chair of Ferrous Metallurgy, now working at Primetals Technologies, presented in the colloquium a lecture on “Recent developments in Smelting & Direct Reduction Processes”. Prof. Schenk and Dr. Plaul had the chance to visit the research facilities on hydrogen plasma smelting reduction of the IMMT. Basic research on this technology was done at the Chair of Ferrous Metallurgy from the early 1980´s until 2008. Prof. Schenk experienced a great hospitality during his stay at CSIR-IMMT in Bhubaneswar.
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Pawel and his wife became parents

Pawel and his wife became parents




Our former colleague Dr. Pawel Krajewski and his wife became parents of a beautiful daughter "Alina". Pawel, Katarzyna and Alina, we wish you all the best for your future!
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January, 28th – Visiting lecture and plant visit of voestalpine Schienen GmbH

January, 28<sup>th</sup> – Visiting lecture and plant visit of voestalpine Schienen GmbH




Visiting lecture and plant visit of voestalpine Schienen GmbH in Leoben Donawitz on Janruary the 28th. Helmut Moitzi and Jürgen Goriupp gave us an impressive lecture about the research and development activities of Europe´s leading manufacturer of rails and railway systems. Finally we visited the rail rolling mill. Thanks a lot and are looking forward our next visit.

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January, 27th – USI Eisstockturnier

January, 27<sup>th</sup> – USI Eisstockturnier 1 January, 27<sup>th</sup> – USI Eisstockturnier 2




We congratulate the Chair’s ice stick team „ESMler“ to a hard-fought and excellent fourth place at the USI Eisstockturnier! We are very proud of Michael Riedler, Alexander Mayerhofer, Paul Reisinger und Harald Mayerhofer, who prevailed against over 40 other teams.

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January, 23rd – Info-Day at the Montanuniversitaet Leoben

January, 23<sup>rd</sup> – Info-Day at the Montanuniversitaet Leoben 1 January, 23<sup>rd</sup> – Info-Day at the Montanuniversitaet Leoben 2




Twelve interested students visited the Department of Metallurgy in the scope of the Info-Day at the Montanuniversitaet Leoben on 23rd January. First Denise Loder and Thomas Hetzenauer presented the study program of metallurgy and the student life in Leoben. Afterwards Nadine Tatzreiter showed the students a thermite reaction, which is used for the welding of rails, in the Chair’s melting shop.

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