By-Products Utilisation

By-Products Utilisation

BlueScope Limited (BSL), and the University of Wollongong (UOW) have announced a new project which focuses on supporting the sustainable recovery of iron and flux units, and separation of zinc (Zn) from current production streams and material stockpiles.

The new collaborative project aims to support and augment internal BSL recycling programs, with the expected outcomes including detailed physical, chemical, and structural characterisation of targeted by-products recognising their inherent variability; analysis of their reaction and partitioning behaviour under simulated storage and process conditions, and; development of requirements and/or strategies to maximise recovery of iron and flux units, and separation of Zn-rich streams.

TBA

The new collaborative project aims to support and augment internal BSL recycling programs, with the expected outcomes including detailed physical, chemical, and structural characterisation of targeted by-products recognising their inherent variability; analysis of their reaction and partitioning behaviour under simulated storage and process conditions, and; development of requirements and/or strategies to maximise recovery of iron and flux units, and separation of Zn-rich streams.

6

University of Wollongong

Status

Ongoing

Principal Lead

Professor Brian Monaghan

Professor Brian Monaghan

Professor Brian Monaghan has been an active lecturer and researcher in materials engineering at the University of Wollongong (UOW) for more than 10 years.He is a pyrometallurgist who believes passionately that if the sustainability, energy, and greenhouse gas challenges currently facing the planet are to be addressed, we need strong engagement from the engineering and scientific communities. His expertise lies in the kinetics and thermodynamics of high temperature metals processing. He is the Director of the Engineering Materials Strength at UOW as well as leader of the UOW PYRO Group.Within the Steel Research Hub (SRH), he is a member of the Research Management Committee, providing leadership to the Sustainable Steel Manufacturing Program, as well as being actively involved in several projects, including:

  • Obtaining Value from Steel Plant Waste
  • The effect of Ti on the kinetics of phosphorous removal during BOS steelmaking
  • Effect of Retained BOS Slag on Refractory Wear
  • The Effects of Minerals on Coke Structure
    The Kinetics of Coke Analogue Reactivity
  • 3D Characterization of Coke
  • Gaseous Iron Reduction
  • Effect of Slag Structure on Interfacial Tension
  • Phosphorous Partitioning in Slags
  • CaO/Al2O3 Ratio Effects on Interfacial Tension of Slags
  • Evaluation of the Productivity Limits in the Blast Furnace Lower Zone

Researchers

Dr David Pinson

Dr David Pinson

Dr David Pinson is a Senior Technology and Development Engineer, Iron & Steelmaking Technology at BlueScope. He received his PhD from the University of NSW in 1999 and was a postdoctoral fellow before joining BHP Steel in 2003.

He has maintained active research links with the academic community throughout his industrial career. Now working in a plant technology role, his ongoing research interests include particle transport phenomena and modelling, multiphase flow and heat transfer, signal analysis, blast furnace and iron ore sintering fundamentals, as well as the increasing importance of energy efficiency and by-products reprocessing. Dr David Pinson has extensive experience managing collaborative industrial research projects, especially where undergraduate and postgraduate students work for some or all of their time in an industrial environment. This experience has shown the value of targeted industrial-academic combined projects and is well aligned to the overall goals of the industrial transformation hubs program.

Within the Steel Research Hub, he hopes that the longer term stability of funding allows a succussion of high value projects to deliver tangible industrial process improvements which can improve the Australian steelmaking sector’s economic and environmental sustainability.