Virtual Event - 4th Postgraduate Research Symposium on Ferrous Metallurgy 2021

4th Postgraduate Research Symposium on Ferrous Metallurgy - 2021

Date: Tuesday 23rd February 2021

Time: 9:45am to 5:00pm

Location: Online

Associate Sponsor


Keynote Speaker

Dr. Alexander Fleischanderl, Technology Officer Upstream Head of ECO Solutions at Primetals Technologies Austria GmbH

Dr. Alexander Fleischanderl, Technology Officer Upstream Head of ECO Solutions at Primetals Technologies Austria GmbH, is the keynote speaker at the 2021 Symposium.

Primetals Technologies

A research symposium organised by the Materials Processing Institute and supported by the Armourers & Brasiers’ Company and the Iron & Steel Society of IOM3.

The aim of the symposium is to:

Allow PhD researchers and university departments from across the UK to showcase their research.

Inspire academics and research students to engage in the research challenges of the steel industry.

Enable industry colleagues and academics to form strong and lasting networks.

Applications are welcomed from PhD/EngDoc students to present their research or be included as part of the poster display at the 2021 Symposium.

Applications for the poster display are also welcomed from universities and centres for doctoral training (CDTs), seeking to promote the work of their university or centre.

The 2021 symposium will be a virtual event, taking place on Tuesday 23rd February 2021.

Who should attend

The symposium is open to students, academics and industry and is particularly relevant to students planning to, or currently working on a PhD, as well as university academics, researchers and industries involved in materials, metals and process improvement.

This research symposium gives PhD/EngDoc students, academics, industrial researchers and industry leaders the opportunity to showcase their research, attend presentations about specific research, find out about support available and network with one another.

Symposium Programme

09:45-10:00 Registration, Poster Exposition, Exhibition and Virtual Networking

10:00-10:10 Welcome and Introduction

Chris McDonald, Chief Executive Officer, Materials Processing Institute 

10:10-11:25 Session 1 - Process Optimisation

Chaired by Dr Richard Thackray (University of Sheffield)

Presentation 1 - Improving Cold Spray Additive Manufacturing with a Nozzle Designed by the Method of Characteristics. Presenter: Florentina-Luiza Zavalan (University of Leicester)

Presentation 2 - Advanced Analytics of Sinter Plant Operations to Minimise Particulate Emissions. Presenter: Matthew Thomas (Swansea University)

Presentation 3 - Automated Ladle Pouring in the Steel Industry. Presenter: Ivan Popov (Swansea University)

11:25-11:45 First Perambulation

Chaired by Gill Thornton (Liberty Powder Metals Ltd)

11:45-13:00 Session 2 - Development of Product and Properties

Introduction by Session Chairperson

Presentation 4 - How low can you go? The medium manganese limbo. Presenter: Thomas Kwok (Imperial College London)

Presentation 5 - Investigating different rapid alloy prototyping approaches to develop alloys to allow for higher scrap steel content. Presenter: Caroline Norrish (Swansea University)

Presentation 6 - Understanding the effects of deep cryogenic treatment on precipitation behaviour in En31 bearing steel. Presenter: Kyle Nicholls (University of Leicester)

13:00-13:45 Lunch Break

Poster Exposition, Exhibition and Virtual Networking

13:15 - 13:35 Chris McDonald in conversation with Dr. Alexander Fleischanderl, Primetals Technologies, Austria GmbH (Pre-recorded feature)

13:45-15:25 Session 3 - Understanding Material Performance

Chaired by Professor Hongbiao Dong (University of Leicester)

Presentation 7 - Role of toughness in abrasion, and impact-abrasion wear. Presenter: Appa Rao Chintha (University of Cambridge)

Presentation 8 - Effect of Ti microalloying and residual S content on the hot ductability of a boron steel. Presenter: Yaiza Montaña González (CEIT-Basque Research and Technology Alliance, Universidad de Navarra, Tecnun)

Presentation 9 - Multi-scale investigation of dislocation-assisted carbon migration in ferrite. Presenter: Tigany Zarrouk (King’s College London)

Presentation 10Blistering Formation in High Strength Steels (HSS) During Hot Rolling and the Effect of Mn Composition. Presenter: Rebecca Dewfall (University of Swansea)  

15:25-15:50 Second Perambulation

Poster Exposition, Exhibition and Virtual Networking

15:30 - 15:45 Virtual Tour of Armourers and Brasiers' Company (Pre-recorded feature)

15:50-16:30 Keynote Speaker

Dr. Alexander Fleischanderl

Primetals Technologies Austria GmbH 

Technology Officer Upstream, Head of ECO Solutions   

Primetals Technologies

16:35-16:45 Awarding of Prizes by the Armourers and Brasiers’ Materials Science Committee

  1. Millman Scholarship 2020
  2. Best Poster
  3. Best Presentation Runner Up
  4. Best Presentation Winner

16:45-17:00 Closing remarks and thanks by Chris McDonald, Chair of the Symposium

Poster Exposition

  1. Initial microstructure characterisation of some castable nanostructured alloys for fission and fusion applications.
    James Lennard (University of Manchester)
  2. Effect of environmentally friendly additives on Zn-Mn alloys morphology and structure.
    Dr Nouha Loukil (National School of Engineering of Sfax ENIS-Tunisia)
  3. Steel susceptibility to hydrogen induced failure.
    Helena Ferreira (Swansea University)
  4. Novel Coating solutions for the improvement of scale surface condition.
    James Grant (Swansea University)
  5. The effect of coal volatile on top gas carbon.
    John Lewis (Swansea University)
  6. The effect of steel microstructure on damage mechanisms at the wheel-rail interface.
    James Ayabina (The University of Sheffield)
  7. A review of published models to predict the extent of surface oxidation.
    Nicola Beech (University of Warwick)
  8. Numerical modelling of thermal-mechanical evolution during high heat input welding of marine steel.
    Jun Fu (University of Leicester)
  9. Prediction of the mechanical properties of hot rolled steel plates using artificial neural network and statistical method.
    Xiaoan Yang (University of Leicester)
  10. Exploring the effects of cryogenic treatment on coating-substrate systems.
    Christian Chiadikobi (University of Leicester)
  11. Understanding of ductile fracture mechanisms in nuclear pressure vessel steels under different constraints.
    Suleyman Karabal (The University of Manchester)
  12. The Effect of Processing Variables on ZnMgAl Alloy Coating Characteristics.
    Daniel Britton (Swansea University)
  13. Development of improved formability advanced high strength steels.
    Talal Said Abdullah (Swansea University )
  14. Development of new surface treatments for automotive utilising chemcoater.
    Jamie Williams (Swansea University)
  15. The role of Chromium Oxide in suppressing filiform corrosion on Cr metal / Cr Oxide coatings for steel used in packaging applications.
    Ellen Bluett (Swansea University)
  16. The adhesion of protective coatings to novel reACH compliant packaging steel substrates.
    Matthew Dodd (Swansea University)
  17. Novel maraging steel damage tolerance study.
    Antony Robinson (Swansea University)

Jointly organised by

Materials Processing Institute

Present at the Symposium

Applications are welcomed from PhD andEngDoc students to present their research or be included as part of the poster display at the 2021 Symposium. The 2021 Symposium is a virtual event and all presentations and posters will be via the event online platform.

Posters are also welcomed from universities and Centres for Doctoral Training (CDT's), seeking to promote their work.

Prizes for Presentations

Best Presentation £300
Runner up Presentation £150
Best Poster £150

Please note, the deadline for applications for presentations and poster displays for the 2021 symposium has now passed.

Applications for the 2022 symposium will open in February 2021.

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