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Meeting 2024 TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition
Symposium Electrode Technology for Aluminum Production
Sponsorship TMS Light Metals Division
TMS: Aluminum Committee
Organizer(s) Julien Lauzon-Gauthier, Alcoa Corporation
Samuel Wagstaff, Oculatus Consulting
Scope The Electrode Technology for Aluminum Production Symposium is part of the Light Metals program. This is an excellent opportunity to interact with experts from the Light Metals industry and academia from all over the world and get the latest update on key issues in the industry. The importance of changes in anode coke supply, increased cell size with larger anodes and cathodes, and cathode wear issues are just some of the issues facing the industry. You are invited to submit papers of fundamental and applied research in the following subject areas:

- Upstream Production of Anode and Cathode Carbon Materials
- Production and properties of Anode and Cathode Raw Materials, Anode Cover Materials
- Pitch and Coke Mixing, Anode Forming and Anode Baking
- Anode characterization
- Paste Plant Design and Operation
- Baking Furnace Design and Operation
- Mathematical Modelling
- Application of Industry 4.0 and Big Data Analysis
- Effects of Sulfur and Impurities in Anodes
- Rodding Room Design and Operation
- Anode Quality and Performance
- Solutions for Carbon Plant Environmental Issues and Safety
- Cathode Materials and Cathode Production
- Cell Preheating and Startup (as related to electrode life)
- Cathode Wear and Wear Mechanisms
- Spent Potlining, 1st and 2nd Cut (Joint session with Aluminum Reduction)
- Anode Butts, Handling and Properties
- Inert Anode and Cathode Materials, Fabrication and Performance

Note regarding publication: Authors seeking an oral presentation opportunity must submit a manuscript for the Light Metals proceedings or be accepted for publication in a TMS journal.

One of the outcomes from the honorary symposium for Professor Barry Welch held during the TMS Annual Meeting in 2023 was recognition that there is currently a gap between current typical anode characteristics and customer requirements. The organizers are planning a special workshop session to address the need for step change improvements in carbon anodes, what options are available, and potential actions to help deliver the changes. The workshop format will be presentations followed by facilitated discussion. For more information or to suggest a talk, contact Dr. Alan Tomsett ( and Dr. Barry Sadler (

Abstracts Due 07/15/2023
Proceedings Plan Planned: Light Metals

Alternative Binder for Carbon Anode
CFD Modelling of Air Injection Nozzles in Coke Calcination Kilns, Identification of the Best Compromise Between Carbonaceous Deposit Formation and Kiln Performance
Comparing Handling Degradation of Shaft and Rotary Cokes
Effect of Boron on the Evolution of Petroleum Coke Active Pore Size Under Air Oxidation
Effect of Mixing and Pressing Parameters on the Properties of Biopitch-based Lab-scale Carbon Anodes for Use in the Hall-Héroult Electrolytic Cell
Estimation of the Coke Calcination Yield by Granulometry Analysis
Influence of Selective Crushing and Particle Shape of Shaft and Hearth Calcined Anode Coke Components on Blend Bulk Density
Measurement of SO3 in Flue Gas From Anode Baking Furance
Performance Improvement of the Anode Baking Process in Horizontal Furnaces

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