At the South African Pyrometallurgy Conference held at Misty Hills in March 2011 Trevor Goff gave a 20 minute presentation of his paper ‘Implementation of an alternative matte-level measurement solution at Lonmin Marikana Smelter Division for improved process monitoring’ - for more details visit www.pyrometallurgy.co.za/Pyro2011/Papers/.
The Pretoria branch of the SAIMM invited Trevor to give a longer presentation of the same paper at our monthly meeting. We believe that the tool Trevor implemented at Lonmin will be useful to all smelter operations where the level measurements using sounding bars form part of their daily production activities.
The presentation is scheduled for 8 September at 16:00 in Room 2-7 of the Mineral Sciences building on the Hatfield campus of the University of Pretoria.
The cocktail party will be sponsored by Agellis Group (www.agellis.com) - the OEM.
For catering purposes please let Daleen know should you want to attend email@example.com
If you ever were involved with furnace inventory control based on slag and metal/matte level measurement done with sounding bars ("vat 'n dip") or predictive mass balances (tap schedulers), wishing there was an alternative way of measuring levels, this presentation is for you.
If you know of other who might benefit from the knowledge, please spread the news.
You are cordially invited to a seminar presented by Dr Manfred Hopf on Embedded monitoring equipment (in copper blocks) for the smelter industry and other applications followed by a cocktail sponsored by the Saveway Furance Monitoring SA Pty Ltd. The seminar is scheduled for 16:00 on 4 May 2011 in room 2-7 in the Mineral Sciences building at the University of Pretoria.
Copper cooling systems are utilized extensively in the pyrometallurgical industry. Monitoring of temperatures in these systems remains a challenge. Embedding measuring equipment in copper blocks to determine temperature profiles, and predict wear profiles of both the copper blocks and the associated refractory material, is an alternative to the common thermocouple. Various measuring techniques, like fiber optics, are available on the market. Dr Hopf will discuss these techniques as well as applications thereof in industry. Future developments envisaged by his company will also be included in his presentation
Industry members are most welcome to attend. Bring along any of your colleagues or acquaintances who might be interested.
Jacques Muller has a passion for modelling and want to empower pyrometallugists to excel in problem solving. One way he wants to do this is by publishing articles on various topics on his website www.algoness.co.za/blog. The other will follow soon...so watch this space.
The title should actually be News from South Africa as Håvard Mølnås is a Norwegian Master's student spending 6 months at UP...I would like to welcome Håvard and hope that his stay will be blessed, both technically and culturally. If you want to learn more about Håvard's impressions of his host country, please visit his blog at http://hmolnas.wordpress.com/.
In 2011 I would like to get to know the Ferrochromium industry in South Africa. Knowing that quite a number of plants are operated around South Africa it might take more than one year to visit all of them!
What should have been a group blog became a personal blog as from October 2009 (although I don't think you will notice the difference). So, here to keeping up to date with the work done by Joalet Steenkamp, member of the pyrometallurgy group of the department of material science and metallurgical engineering at the University of Pretoria.
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