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Meeting 2014 TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition
Symposium Celebrating the Megascale: An EPD Symposium in Honor of David G.C.Robertson
Sponsorship TMS Extraction and Processing Division
TMS: Pyrometallurgy Committee
TMS: Process Technology and Modeling Committee
Organizer(s) Phillip J Mackey, P.J. Mackey Technology
Rodney Trevor Jones, Mintek
Eric John Grimsey, Curtin University, W A School of Mines
Geoffrey Alan Brooks, Swinburne University of Technology
Scope The David Robertson conference will be a prestigious event, expected to attract industry leaders in the field of pyrometallurgy through: stimulating discussion; facilitating industry networking; large, knowledgeable audiences and comprehensive industry support from all role players

Papers are invited that cover the following topics:
• Pyrometallurgical Processing Fundamentals (thermodynamics, kinetics, gas-liquid reactions etc)
• Non-ferrous smelting, converting and refining (sustainable technologies for a global market, meeting the greenhouse challenge, price cycles and processing strategies)
• Ferrous metallurgy and iron and steel production (innovative versus established technologies, meeting the greenhouse challenge)
• Ferro-alloys (melting practice)
• Process modeling and simulation (interfacing fundamentals and operations, energy profiling for improved efficiency, do-it-yourself versus commercial software)
• Metallurgical education (education for a global industry, efficient teaching strategies for a new generation – social media, on-line, flexible delivery versus traditional, continuing education strategies)

At a time when maintaining metals production is increasingly important to modern society, producers face the challenge of remaining profitable within an unpredictable global economy, while minimising environmental impact and energy consumption. Economies of scale are becoming increasingly important in this setting, leading to larger and larger plants – some reaching the megascale – and requiring the support of highly skilled professionals. Professor David G C Robertson has devoted his career to the education of highly skilled metallurgical professionals and to the engineering of all types and sizes of metallurgical processes, particularly those involving molten metals. David’s research has focused on transport phenomena of smelting, refining, and solidification processes, particularly mass transfer, kinetics and fluid dynamics.
Abstracts Due 07/15/2013
Proceedings Plan Planned: A print-only volume
PRESENTATIONS APPROVED FOR THIS SYMPOSIUM INCLUDE

A Computational Fluid Dynamics Model for a Novel Flash Ironmaking Process
A Methodology for Modeling Electromagnetic Confinement Systems: Application to Levitation Melting
A New Approach to Investigating Coke Reactivity
An Electromagnetically Stirred Slurry Model for the Smelting Zone of a Ferroalloy Furnace
Analysis of Steelmaking Reactions by Coupled Reaction Model
Application of the Combined Reactors Method for Analysis of Steelmaking Process
Arc Detection in DC Arc Furnaces
Arsenic and Antimony Capacities in Ni-Cu Mattes and Slags
Carbothermic Reduction of Ilmenite Concentrate with Coke Assisted by High Energy Ball Milling
ChemSheet as a Simulation Platform for Pyrometallurgical Processes
Cold Modelling of Splashing Phenomena in Oxygen Steelmaking
Computational Modelling of Metallurgical Processes: Achievements and Challenges
Crystallization Behavior of Molten Blast Furnace Slag Using Confocal Scanning Laser Microscope
Current and Suggested Focus on Sustainability in Pyrometallurgy
Current Status and Future Direction of Low-emission Integrated Steelmaking Process
David Gordon Campbell Robertson: A Biographical Sketch
DC Arc Furnaces - Past, Present, and Future
Decomposition of Methane during Oxide Reduction Using Natural Gas
Delivering a National Process Design Unit with Industry Support
Development of a Thermodynamic Database for Mold Flux and Application to the Continuous Casting Process for Steelmaking
Developments in Manganese Ferroalloy Research and Production in the Last 25 Years
Electrically Enhanced Metal Purification Using Slag
Electricity-independent Generation of Si Based on the Use of Rice Husk: A Concept Process
Electrochemical Characterization and Modeling of a Solid Oxide Membrane-based Electrolyzer for Production of Magnesium and Oxygen
Enhancement of Pyrometallurgical Teaching Using Excel Simulation Models
Evolution of the Large Copper Smelter – 1800s to 2013
Evolution of the Mega-scale in Ferro-alloy Electric Furnace Smelting
Ferroalloy Induced Precipitates in Continuously Cast Microalloyed Steels
Flow Sheet Based Approach Coupled with Application of Thermodynamics for the Modelling of Various Iron and Steelmaking Processes
Fluid Flow, Alloy Dispersion and Inclusion Motion in Argon-stirred Steel Ladles
Fostering Minerals Workforce Skills of Tomorrow through Education and Training Partnerships
From Phase Equilibrium and Thermodynamic Modelling to Freeze Linings – The Development of Techniques for the Analysis of Complex Slag Systems
From Sulfide Flash Smelting to a Novel Flash Ironmaking Technology
H1: Nitrogen Solubility in Mn-Fe-Si-C Alloy Melts
Horizontal Single Belt Casting (HSBC) of Ca-based, Bulk Metallic Glass (BMG) Strips
Kinetic and Thermodynamic Analyses of the Reduction of Oxides of CU and CO in a SIO2-CAO-(AL,FE)2O3 Slag
Kinetics of Reaction Important in Oxygen Steelmaking
Ladle Metallurgy Kinetics: Inclusion-inclusion Reactions
Lean Operations Strategy to Combat Uncertainties in Temperature at BOF Endpoint, Tapping, Deoxidation, Alloy Addition and Thermal History
Metallurgical Plant Optimization through the Use of Flowsheet Simulation Modelling
Modeling of Ladle Metallurgy in Steelmaking
Modelling of Slag Foaming Coupled with Decarburisation
Modelling Simulation and Comparison of Refractory Corrosion at RHI`s Technology Center
Modifications to a Smelter to Accommodate Recycled Materials
Optimization of the Energy Consumption of Metal Electrowinning from Oxides
Oxidation of Flash Reduced Iron Particles in Various Gas Mixtures under the Conditions of a Novel Flash Ironmaking Process
Phenomenological Models and Animations of Welding and their Impact
Process Metallurgy an Enabler of Resource Efficiency – Linking Product Design to Metallurgy
Pyrometallurgical Processing Technologies for Treating High Arsenic Copper Concentrates
Quartz-cristobalite Transformation and Its Effect on Reactions in Si Production, Initial Studies
Reaction Mechanism and Reaction Rate of Sn Evaporation from Liquid Steel
Recent Developments in FactSage Thermochemical Software and Databases
Recovery of Vanadium from a High Ca/V Ratio Vanadium Slag Using Sodium Roasting and Ammonia Leaching
Redoubling Platinum Group Metal Smelting Intensity - Operational Challenges and Solutions
Reduction of Agglomerated Manganese Ores in a 150kW Pilot Scale Furnace
Reduction of the Ni- and Ti-oxide Mixtures by Natural Gas
Removal of Non-metallic Inclusions from Molten Steel Using a High Frequency Magnetic Field
Removal of Pb from Molten Copper by FetO-SiO2(-CaO,Al2O3) Slag Treatment in Mitsubishi Process
Role of Mn Carbides in Carbothermic Processes of Mn Alloys
Simulation of the Gas Flow in a Peirce-Smith Converter
Sintering Process of Nickel Laterite Based of Limonitic Style
Sustainability Education for Minerals and Materials Industry Professionals
Sustainability in Ironmaking: The Rise of Direct Reduction
Teaching Process Simulation in Eleven Easy Lessons Using Excel
Technical Aspects of Large-scale Ferro-alloy Electric Furnace Smelting
The Challenges for Professional Metallurgical Education
The Engineering Design Sequence and Materials Development: 990 Gold-Titanium as a Case Study
The MetSkill Program – Rapidly Developing Effective Young Engineers in the Workplace.
The Use of Natural Gas for Reduction of Metal Oxides: Constraints and Prospects
Thermodynamic Optimization of Mn-Si-C System
Valorization of Electrical Arc Furnace Oxidizing Slag
Viscosity-Structure Relationship in the CaO-SiO2-MnO-CaF2 Slag for the Production of Mn Ferroalloys


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