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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 Highlights of Aluminium Smelting Research Inspired by Barry Welch at UNSW from 1985 to Present
Author(s) Maria Skyllas-Kazacos
On-Site Speaker (Planned) Maria Skyllas-Kazacos
Abstract Scope Barry Welch joined the academic staff in the School of Chemical Technology at UNSW in 1963 where he established fundamental and applied research in high temperature electrochemistry and extractive metallurgy. He Initiated research in aluminium smelting that continued beyond his relocation to the University of Auckland in 1980. Under his mentorship and guidance, UNSW has remained an active contributor to aluminium smelting research and education through the Australasian Aluminium Smelting Technology Conferences and postgraduate diploma courses that he initiated as well as the on-going research that he continues to instigate and direct. Some early project topics that he inspired covered (i) basic electrochemical studies (ii) inert anodes (iii) inert cathodes and (iv) room temperature molten salts. This presentation will describe highlights of this research, while more recent studies in individual anode current measurements, fault detection, advanced control, improved feeder design, cell modelling and simulation, have been covered elsewhere.
Proceedings Inclusion? Planned: Light Metals
Keywords Aluminum,


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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