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Steel producers are concerned with inclusions that are present during the steel making process because these inclusions can significantly compromise the product quality and productivity of their process. Inclusion contamination in steel such as spinel, alumina, and slag impact product quality and productivity, ultimately resulting in lost revenue and time. Seldom does a single small inclusion pose a problem, but the agglomeration of inclusions is directly linked to downgraded product.

In this webinar, researchers from ArcelorMittal in Gent will present how they use SEM/EDX technology for the automated analysis of >1500 steelmaking samples per year, allowing them to more efficiently and effectively control their process and reduce defects. On a similar track, ArcelorMittal also uses OES technology to quantify a variety of inclusion types in seconds. The combination of both instruments offers great possibility for faster and more accurate control of non-metallic inclusions, and to solve or prevent cost and quality problems caused by inclusions in steel.

Benefits of attendance/Reasons to join the webinar:

·         Find out how to rapidly assess steel cleanliness based on quantity, morphology, and chemical composition of non-metallic inclusions

·         Hear from expert speakers how to make quality control decisions faster and more economically than ever before, all in your lab or directly on the production floor

·         Participate in a live question and answer session with expert speakers from ArcelorMittal and Thermo Fisher Scientific

Speakers:

Frank Medina-Diaz, Team Manager of Research and Defectology: Frank Medina-Diaz is the team manager of research and development at ArcelorMittal Gent.  He has been with ArcelorMittal since 2000 where he focuses on failure analysis and process performance optimization with an emphasis on non-metallic inclusions.  He holds a PhD in Metallurgy from the University of Gent (Belgium) and has also worked for the non-ferrous metals sector as a post-doctoral fellow.

Roger Maddalena, Business Development Manager for steel at Thermo Fisher Scientific: Roger Maddalena is the business development manager for steel at Thermo Fisher Scientific.  He has studied steel refining and continuous casting for over twenty years.  Recent areas of interest include slag/metal/refractory interactions and the relationship between non-metallic inclusions and stopper rod erosion or submerged nozzle clogging.  He holds an MS in Materials Science and Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University (USA).

Moderator:

Joe d’Angelo, Executive Publisher, Materials Today

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