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June, 30th – Visit to Montanuniversitaet by Professor Shin-ya Kitamura

June, 30<sup>th</sup> – Visit to Montanuniversitaet by Professor Shin-ya Kitamura





Professor Kitamura was invited to the Chair of Ferrous Metallurgy in the frames of scientific exchange between Montanuniversität Leoben and Tohoku University (Sendai, Japan). During his visit the discussion about collaboration possibilities,  joint research projects, as well as visit to Japan took place.  A special focus in research activities was done on the topic of lime dissolution in the converter slag and BOF modelling.

June, 27th – Willy Korf Prize 2017 for Dr. Denise Loder

June, 27<sup>th</sup> – Willy Korf Prize 2017 for Dr. Denise Loder





Denise Loder (presently employed at thyssenkrupp Steel Europe AG in Duisburg) has been awarded with the this year's "Korf Award for Young Excellence" for her PhD thesis. This award is given to outstanding young scientists in the field of iron and steel production. Denise performed her research, focusing on the relation between acicular ferrite formation and non-metallic inclusions, in the frame of a FWF-TRP project under supervision of Susanne Michelic.
The award ceremony took place on 27th June, 2017 in New York. Congratulations!

June, 26th - 29th - Metaldays 2017

On thursday the 29th of June the Metaldays 2017 came to an end. 32 selected students from all over Austria had the chance to get to know the department for metallurgy the university environment and as well as the city of Leoben. During these four days the students visited the different chairs, 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.

June, 23nd – Excursion to voestalpine Stahl Donawitz

June, 23<sup>nd</sup> – Excursion to voestalpine Stahl Donawitz





On June 23rd a group of 25 students followed an invitation by voestalpine Stahl Donawitz for a tour through their plant. First the future metallurgists were welcomed by the head of Product-, Process- and Material Development Dr. Gerald Klösch, who gave a motivating presentation about the steel producer and its products. Then the guided tour started with a process at the very beginning of steel production, the sintering plant. After that the group followed the material flow through the entire plant with stops at the blast furnace, the LD process, one of the continuous casting machines and finally at the billet rolling machine. At the end the students were invited for lunch at the company’s cafeteria.


Many thanks to the team of voestalpine Stahl Donawitz for an interesting stay at their plant.

June, 23nd – Scientific Exchange Seminar with Korean Professors

June, 23<sup>nd</sup> – Scientific Exchange Seminar with Korean Professors





On June 23rd three renowned professors from Korea visited our chair. On this occasion, a scientifc exchange seminar was held, where our Korean guests as well as members from our Chair presented their research topics.
It was a great pleasure to welcome Prof. Youn-Bae Kang (POSTECH GIFT), Prof. Joohyun Park (Hanjang University) and Prof. Youngsuk Chung (Korea Polytechnic University) in Leoben.
It was a highly interesting day with intense discussions and fruitful exchange.

June, 22nd – Diploma Examination

June, 23<sup>nd</sup> – Diploma Examination 1 June, 23<sup>nd</sup> – Diploma Examination 2





The Chair of Metallurgy gratulate the young engineers: Dipl.-Ing. Klaus Neubauer and Dipl.-Ing. Zacharias Klußmann for succesfully completed diploma examination.

June, 22nd – Visit of BRG Stockerau

June, 22<sup>nd</sup> – Visit of BRG Stockerau 1 June, 22<sup>nd</sup> – Visit of BRG Stockerau 2 June, 22<sup>nd</sup> – Visit of BRG Stockerau 3





In the course of an excursion BRG Stockerau visited the department for getting an insight in the field of metallurgy.
After a presentation about the study programme and some examples for metallurgical applications, a visit of the chair's melt shop completed the programme.

June, 22nd – Info day at Montanuniversität

June, 22<sup>nd</sup> - Info day at Montanuniversität 1 June, 22<sup>nd</sup> - Info day at Montanuniversität 2





In the course of the official info day on June 22nd a group of interested people visited our Chair for getting an insight in the field of metallurgy.
After a presentation about the study programme and some examples for metallurgical applications, a visit of the chair's melt shop completed the programme.

June 12th – 16th : 2nd VDEh-ISIJ-Jernkontoret Joint Symposium, Stockholm

June 12<sup>th</sup> – 16<sup>th</sup> : 2<sup>nd</sup> VDEh-ISIJ-Jernkontoret Joint Symposium, Stockholm 1 June 12<sup>th</sup> – 16<sup>th</sup> : 2<sup>nd</sup> VDEh-ISIJ-Jernkontoret Joint Symposium, Stockholm 2 June 12<sup>th</sup> – 16<sup>th</sup> : 2<sup>nd</sup> VDEh-ISIJ-Jernkontoret Joint Symposium, Stockholm 3





Prof. Johannes Schenk, Anrin Bhattacharyya and Florian Penz participated in 2nd VDEh-ISIJ-Jernkontoret Joint Symposium, which took place in Stockholm, Sweden from 12th to 16th June, 2017. The following research papers were presented from the side of our Chair –
Anrin Bhattacharyya – A holistic approach of coke characterization aiming for optimized usage in the blast furnace process (Co-Author: J. Schenk)
Florian Penz – Effect of scrap composition on the thermodynamics and kinetic modelling of BOF converter (Co-Authors: J. Schenk, P. Bundschuh, H. Pannhofer, K. Pastucha, A. Paul)

With participants from Japan, Nordic countries, Germany and Austria, this conference proved itself as an excellent opportunity for techno-scientific exchanges and networking between metallurgists from varied locations in the globe. The conference was followed by an extensive plant tour program comprising various Swedish steelworks such as SSAB, Hofors, Outokumpu and Sandvik.

June, 08th: Official opening of the new FE-SEM at the Department Metallurgy

June, 08<sup>th</sup>: Official opening of the new FE-SEM at the Department Metallurgy 1 June, 08<sup>th</sup>: Official opening of the new FE-SEM at the Department Metallurgy 2 June, 08<sup>th</sup>: Official opening of the new FE-SEM at the Department Metallurgy 3





On June 8th, our newest research equipment has been officially presented: A Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscope JEOL 7200 F equipped with a SDD EDS-detector and an EBSD unit strengthens the competences in high resolutions analytics at the Department Metallurgy. Main research topics will be the analysis of non-metallic inclusions and precipitates in steel and aluminium as well as various other casting alloys. This investment in research infrastructure is essential for the development of different working areas at the department and offers new opportunities for future research topics and cooperations.

June, 06th: Summer Opening at Radwerk IV in Vordernberg

June, 06<sup>th</sup>: Summer Opening at Radwerk IV in Vordernberg





Like every year the students of metallurgy were celebrating the opening of the summer season with their traditional "Sommerfest" at Radwerk IV in Vordernberg.
After some insights in the ancient world of metallurgy given by Prof. Hiebler, the students were enyoing themselves with music and feeding.

June, 05th: Visit to the Institute for Chemical Processing of Coal, Zabrze, Poland by Anrin Bhattacharyya

June, 05<sup>th</sup>: Visit to the Institute for Chemical Processing of Coal, Zabrze, Poland by Anrin Bhattacharyya





Anrin Bhattacharyya visited the Institute for Chemical Processing of Coal (ICHPW in Polish) in Zabrze, Poland. He was invited by Dr. Alexander Sobolewski, the director of the institute. ICHPW is a unique institute situated in the historical coal mining region of Upper Silesia, specializing in scientific and industrial research in the domain of cokemaking, coal gasification and clean coal technologies. During his visit, Anrin Bhattacharyya met Dr. Bartosz Mertas (Head of Cokemaking Division) and Dr. Łukasz Smędowski (Manager, Solid Fuels Division) and discussed with them about the possibilities of fruitful collaboration in future between ICHPW and Chair of Ferrous Metallurgy. He also visited the highly impressive laboratory and pilot facilities of ICHPW, including the modular cokemaking facility called Karbotest.

May, 30th: Visit from Steel Institute VDEh

May, 30<sup>th</sup>: Visit from Steel Institute VDEh





Dr. Peter Dahlmann (Executive Member of the Managing Board) and Dr. Hans Bodo Lüngen (Director Technology) from the German Steel Institute VDEh visited the Department Metallurgy to exchange about the status and future development of metallurgical education in Leoben and invited us to become member in the VDEh committee on "Scientific Education".

May 24 – 26: METAL 2017 in Brno, Czech Republic

May 24 –  26: METAL 2017 in Brno, Czech Republic





From 24th to 26th May 2017 Michael Bernhard and Lukas Preuler participated at the 26th International Conference on Metallurgy and Materials – METAL 2017 at the Voronez Hotel in Brno, Czech Republic. The topic of Michael’s paper was “On the Relevance of Microsegregation for Process Control in Continuous Casting of Steel” (Co-Authors: Peter Presoly, Christian Bernhard, Sergiu Ilie and Jakob Six). Lukas gave a lecture with the title “Influence of Operation Parameters on the Cooling Performance of Water/Air Nozzles” (Co-Authors: Christian Bernhard, Sergiu Ilie and Jakob Six).

May, 19th –Info day at the Montanuniversität

May, 19<sup>th</sup> –Info day at the Montanuniversität 1 May, 19<sup>th</sup> –Info day at the Montanuniversität 2 May, 19<sup>th</sup> –Info day at the Montanuniversität 3





In the course of the official info day on May 19th a group of interested people visited our Chair for getting an insight in the field of metallurgy. After a presentation about the study programme and some examples for metallurgical applications, a visit of the chair's melt shop completed the programme.

May 08 - 11: AISTech 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee

May 08 - 11: AISTech 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee





From the 8th to 11th May 2017 Roman Krobath and Philipp Dorrer participated at the AISTech 2017 – The Iron- and Steel Technology Conference and Exposition at the Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Roman presented his paper “A New Experimental Setup for the Simulation of Surface Crack Formation in the Continuous Casting Process “. Co-author of the paper was Prof. C. Bernhard. Philipp gave a presentation on the topic “Study of Clogging Deposit Build-up in Al-Killed and Ca-Treated High Sulfur Steels With Focus on the Steel/Refractory Interface“ (Co-authors: S.K. Michelic, J. Reiter, G. Klösch, A. Paul and C. Bernhard).

Guest lectures in Beijing and Guiyang

Guest lectures in Beijing and Guiyang 1 Guest lectures in Beijing and Guiyang 2 Guest lectures in Beijing and Guiyang 3 Guest lectures in Beijing and Guiyang 4





On May 10th and 11th Prof. Christian Bernhard gave a coarse on "Defect formation in continuous casting" at our partner University USTB in Beijing. Meetings and lab visits completed the demanding programme. On May 12th he also gave a course at the Guizhou University in Guiyang on "Increasing quality demands as constant driving force for the further development of continuous casting" by invitation of Prof. Chang Rong Li from the Materials and Metallurgy College. Dr. Changling Zhuang - in best memory as former guest researcher at our Chair and now with Guizhou University - organized the programme that was highlighted by the visit of the Huangguoshu waterfall, the largest waterfall of Asia.
Both visits may hopefully contribute to a further intensification of the valuable relations with our colleagues in China.

INTECO ASMET Award 2017

INTECO ASMET Award 2017





On May 11th, the INTECO ASMET Award 2017 was ceremoniously handed over to the winners within the social evening of this year’s ASMET Forum. For the first time the award was granted in three categories. The following theses, which were all written at the Chair of Ferrous Metallurgy, were honored:

Category dissertation:

This year the price has been split up due to the exceptional high qualities of both theses.

Gregor Arth: Development of steel-ceramic composites with low density
Philip Bundschuh: Thermodynamic and kinetic modelling of BOF-converter

Category master thesis:

Michael Bernhard: Adjustment of microsegregation models by means of hot tearing investigations on solidifying steel

Category bachelor thesis:

Georg Schnalzger: Calculation model to quantify the amount of carry over slag from primary metallurgical aggregates

Congratulations to all the winners as well as the associated supervisors.

May 02 - 04: School@MUL, Primary- and Secondary schools visiting the Department

Students from Primary- and Secondary school got the possibility to visit the chairs of Iron- and Steelmaking, Nonferrous-metallurgy and Foundry-technology. There they could experience how to "cook" steel, the gold coating of items and how to cast in a mould.

April 8th – 28th: Visit to University of Toronto by Anrin Bhattacharyya

Anrin Bhattacharyya was invited by Prof. Kinnor Chattopadhyay of The University of Toronto (UT) as a guest researcher for 3 weeks. The major reason of this visit was scientific exchanges between Montanuniversität Leoben (MUL) and UT in the domain of Ferrous Metallurgy with special focus on research activities in ironmaking and cokemaking. During his visit, detailed discussions took place between Prof. Chattopadhyay and Dr. Bhattacharyya on research and collaboration possibilities between MUL and UT for fundamental and industrial research on ironmaking processes. He also visited CANMET Energy coal and coke testing facilities in Ottawa and met CANMET Energy representatives regarding future opportunities in cokemaking research activities. During his stay, Anrin Bhattacharyya also delivered some lectures on the ongoing ironmaking research activities in MUL and study and research possibilities for international students in MUL. Prof. Chattopadhyay has been invited for a return visit to our Chair.

 

Anrin Bhattacharyya with Prof. Kinnor Chattopadhyay (UT), Prof. Jun Nogami (UT), Prof. Erin Bobicki (UT), Prof. Neslihan Dogan (McMaster University) and other researchers and students of the Materials Science and Engineering Department of UT

Promotion of public relations activities for the Department Metallurgy

With the beginning of April, Florian Kek joined our team. He will coordinate all public relations activities at the Department Metallurgy and will thus get in contact with lots of students interested in the study programme Metallurgy.
A warm welcome to Florian and all the best for this exciting and important job!

April, 03rd – PhD examination Philip Bundschuh

April, 03<sup>rd</sup> – PhD examination Philip Bundschuh





Philip Bundschuh has submitted his thesis "Thermodynamische und kinetische Modellierung von LD-Konvertern" under supervision of Prof. Johannes Schenk and passed his PhD exam with distinction on April 03rd before a commission consisting of Prof.s Buchmayr, Preis and Schenk. Congratulations!

March, 30th – Day of Teaching – Ars Docendi

March, 30<sup>th</sup> – Day of Teaching – Ars Docendi





Two members of our chair Chrisitian Bernhard and Susanne Michelic were nominated for giving the best teachings of the Montanuniversität.
The nominations were based on the results of an evaulation of the courses and detailed discussions with the students visiting the particular courses.
Due to this data a jury elected the winner of the price

March, 30th – Diploma Examination

March, 30<sup>th</sup> – Diploma Examination





The Chair of Metallurgy gratulate the young engineers: Dipl.-Ing. Mirnes BERBIC, Dipl.-Ing. Katharina KIRCHHEIMER, Dipl.-Ing. Manuela ROMANKIEWICZ (with honors) and Dipl.-Ing. Michael Andreas ZARL (with honors) for succesfully completed diploma examination.

March, 24th – Info day at the Montanuniversität

March, 24<sup>th</sup> – Info day at the Montanuniversität 1 March, 24<sup>th</sup> – Info day at the Montanuniversität 2





In the course of the official info day on March 24th a group of interested people visited our Chair for getting an insight in the field of metallurgy. After a presentation about the study programme and some examples for metallurgical applications, a visit of the chair's melt shop completed the programme.

March, 16th – PhD examination Volkmar Kircher

March, 16<sup>th</sup> – PhD examination Volkmar Kircher





On March 16th, Volkmar Kircher from the Chair of Ceramics passed his PhD examination with excellence. Volkmar submitted a thesis entiteld "Investigation of melting-, dissolution- and crystallization behavior in oxidic-siliceous systems".
Besides the first supervisor, Prof. Harald Harmuth, Christian Bernhard acted as second supervisor. Congratulations from side of the Chair of Ferrous Metallurgy!

March, 14th – PhD examination Anton Pichler

March, 14<sup>th</sup> – PhD examination Anton Pichler





Anton Pichler has submitted his thesis "Modellierung der Reduktion von oxidischen Eisenträgern unter prozessnahen Bedingungen unter Berücksichtigung des Einflusses von Alkalien" under supervision of Prof. Johannes Schenk and passed his PhD exam on March 14th. Congratulations!

February, 22th – PhD examination Anrin Bhattacharyya

February, 22<sup>th</sup> – PhD examination Anrin Bhattacharyya 1 February, 22<sup>th</sup> – PhD examination Anrin Bhattacharyya 2





Anrin BHATTACHARYYA has submitted his thesis "Characterization of Cokes and Chars for Optimized Use in Ironmaking Processes" under supervision of Prof. Johannes Schenk and passed his PhD exam on February 22th. Congratulations!

January, 19th – Excursion to voestalpine Stahl GmbH in Linz

January, 19<sup>th</sup> – Excursion to voestalpine Stahl GmbH in Linz





On January 19th a group of 34 students of the metallurgy, materials engineering and mechanical engineering department visited the voestalpine Stahl GmbH in Linz. The very interesting program started with a visit of the steel mill including BOF, secondary metallurgy and continuous casting machines. After a delightful lunch in the cafeteria, the group visited the hot strip mill and the heavy plate rolling mill in action. The rest of the afternoon was dedicated to research and development in the field of materials engineering. The students visited the department of material testing as well as the development center with a small-scale rolling mill. We also received an insight into forming and joining technology.  One highlight was certainly the crash-test for automotive parts.
Special thanks to Dr. Pichler and all his colleagues for making this day in Linz so attractive and interesting for all participants!

January, 16th – PhD examination Dali You

January, 16<sup>th</sup> – PhD examination Dali You 1 January, 16<sup>th</sup> – PhD examination Dali You 2 January, 16<sup>th</sup> – PhD examination Dali You 3





After spending three years of intensive work in Austria, Dali You has submitted his thesis "Modelling microsegregation and nonmetallic inclusion formation based on thermodynamic databases" in December 2016. On January 16th he passed the PhD exam before a commission consisting of Prof.s Lehner, Ludwig and Bernhard. Dali further on work as Post-Doc for our working group M²CC.
Congratulations Dali!