BRIMACOMBE MEMORIAL LECTURE
MONDAY, 6 MAY 2024 • 8–9 A.M.

The AIME Keynote and AIST J. Keith Brimacombe Memorial Lecture Award was established in 1999 to honor Dr. J. Keith Brimacombe’s outstanding accomplishments in the area of process metallurgy, his dedication to the steel industry and his profound effect on people in the industry. 

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2024 J. KEITH BRIMACOMBE MEMORIAL LECTURER

SUNDAY O. ABRAHAM

Director of Research and Development
SSAB Americas

"Integrating Physics-Based Modeling and Artificial Intelligence for Smart Manufacturing"

The increase in computer storage capacity and technological advancement in sensor development have provided new opportunities for businesses to improve their bottom line by harnessing historical process data to uncover hidden relationships between process parameters and key performance indices, such as production cost, productivity, and product quality. Essentially, businesses are realizing that there could be “gold” hidden deep in the layers of process data accumulated over time. The traditional physics-based models can only model known phenomena, while data-driven models are more suitable for revealing unknown phenomena. However, to ensure lasting solutions to complex engineering problems, it is imperative to combine both physics-based and data-driven modeling approaches. Seizing the opportunities offered by the revolution in computer technology in the 1980s, Prof. Brimacombe pioneered the applications of mathematical models and an expert system for understanding complex steelmaking phenomena in order to solve practical industrial problems. In this Brimacombe Memorial Lecture, I intend to continue the path laid out by Prof. Brimacombe by discussing the use of physics-based models and artificial intelligence for smart manufacturing in the steel industry.