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Unit of Process

The research focuses on development and optimization of processes with respect to material cleanness, energy efficiency and environmental perspectives.

Unit of process collage

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Congratulations to Peter Samuelsson and Rutger Gyllenram who have won the KTH Innovations Challenge "Going climate neutral" for their idea "FerroSilva, the Iron Forest". Read more here .

In November Assistant Professor Chris Hulme-Smith travelled to NTNU (Trondheim, Norway) with 21 masters students for the 2019 Internationellt seminar in materials processes. The seminar was very productive and was a valuable networking opportunity for the students. Congratualtions to all the students who gave presentations and especially to Henrietta Isaksson who won the prize fo the best presentation and to Hans-Henrik König, who won the prize for the best poster.

Chris would like to extend sincere gratitude to Jernkontoret for their support through the Stiftelsen Överingonjören Gustaf Janssons Jernkontoretsfond, which allowed KTH to take as many students to Norway for the seminar.

Seminar prizewinners

KTH prizewinners Henrietta Isaksson (middle) and Hans-Henrik König (right)

The unit of process works in the following areas

  • Metallurgical and materials processes
  • Casting and solidification
  • Energy and furnace
  • Micromodelling and experimental kinetics

While the research activities are directly related to the industrial processes and are applied in nature, they are strongly based on theoretical analysis and mechanism investigation.

Material process involves the knowledge of (1) industrial processes, (2) reaction thermodynamics, (3) reaction kinetics, (4) transport phenomena. In view of the heterogeneous reaction nature of most of the processes, it also needs the research of the interfacial phenomena (5).

Both modelling and experimental studies are carried out. The former puts strong emphasis on CFD, while the latter focuses on experiments in melts (slag, metal) and gases from a few micro grams to a couple of kgs. Industrial trial is another important tool for process design and optimization.

Acting Head of Unit