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Meeting 2023 TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition
Symposium 60 Years of Taking Aluminum Smelting Research and Development from New Zealand to the World: An LMD Symposium in Honor of Barry J. Welch
Presentation Title Light Metals Research at the University of Auckland
Author(s) James B. Metson, Ron Etzion, Margaret M. Hyland
On-Site Speaker (Planned) James B. Metson
Abstract Scope The University of Auckland has had a more than 40 year history of research contributions in support of the light metals industries. This was initiated with the appointment of Professor Barry Welch in Chemical and Materials Engineering, but subsequently broadened to embrace academics across a range of disciplines, particularly in chemical sciences. An initial focus in the aluminium and alumina industries has extended into lithium, magnesium and titanium. A defining character of this work has always been close engagement with the light metals industries, however over time the nature of this interaction has evolved. Of note has been convergence on a range of industry defining and challenging issues where cross-sector collaborations, often working closely with government agencies, have progressively paralleled a range of individual projects addressing technical advantage. Environmental footprint and response to a dynamic energy environment are prominent within this this common ground. These trends will be examined along with potential future directions for this research relationship.
Proceedings Inclusion? Planned: Light Metals


A Discussion on Thermal Impact of Anode Change in Aluminum Reduction Cell
A Dynamic Coupled Mass and Thermal Model for the Top Chamber of the Aluminium Smelting Cells
A New Strategy for Transient Heat Transfer Models with Phase Change for the Aluminum Electrolysis Industry
A Pragmatic Model for Bath Temperature Evolution during Alumina Feeding
A Smart Individual Anode Current Measurement System and Its Applications
Anode Quality Optimisation – Industry Learnings from the Research Supervised by Barry Welch
Barry Welch - A Mentor Driving Improvement in Industry Through Leadership and Technology
Barry Welch, Professor and Mentor for the Aluminium Industry
Barry Welch´s Honorary Keynote
Contribution of Professor Barry Welch to the Development of EGA’s Reduction Technologies
Development and Deployment Measures in PLC-based Pot Control System at Low Amperage Aluminium Reduction Cell
EGA’s First Holistic Mobile Application for Smelter Operations
Following Alumina Dissolution Kinetics with Electrochemical and Video Analysis Tools
Highlights of Aluminium Smelting Research Inspired by Barry Welch at UNSW from 1985 to Present
Impact of Aluminium Reduction Cell Parameters on Feeder Hole Condition
Light Metals Research at the University of Auckland
Meeting the Requirements of Potline Customers – the Largely Unmet Challenges Set by Barry Welch to Carbon Anode Producers
Monitoring Cell Conditions and Anode Freeze Dissolution with Model-based Soft Sensor After Anode Change
Process Recovery to Unlock Power Efficiency Improvement at BSL
Testing Feeding Alumina in Three Channels in a Wide Cell
The Need to Respect to the Interlink between Science, Physics, and Cell Design in an Environmentally Responsible Manner - The Next Big Challenge for Aluminium Smelting
What Makes TMS Special? Let Us Consider a Case Study in Volunteer Excellence: Barry J. Welch

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