Local Member Chapters


Schedule of Events

12-13 February 2024 • Swinburne University of Technology • Melbourne, Australia
09:00 to 17:30 each day - Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT)
The symposium will be held in-person, with the option to attend virtually. Please select your preference on the registration page. All registrants will receive an email from AIST Member Chapters with the link to access the symposium via Zoom.

Day 1 – Monday, 12 February 2024

9:00

Welcome and Introduction
by Chapter Chair Geoffrey Brooks, Professor, Swinburne University of Technology

Session One
Green Ironmaking

9:10

Keynote: The H2 Initiatives – Where Are They?
Sara Hornby, President, Global Strategic Solutions Inc. - Virtual

9:35

Economics of Green Hydrogen Production in Australia
Akbar Rhamdhani, Professor, Swinburne University of Technology

10:00

ZESTY: A Flash Processing Technology for Decarbonising Iron and Steel
Matt Boot-Handford, Chief Scientist, Calix

10:25

Decoding Government Regulation of Australian Steel Industry Decarbonisation
David Varcoe, State Manager, Australian Steel Industry - Virtual

10:50

Coffee Break

Session Two 
Iron Ores, Pellets and Sintering I

11:05

Keynote: Why All the Fuss About Phosphorus in Pilbara Iron Ores?
Mark Pownceby, Senior Principal Research Scientist, CSIRO

11:30

A Lower-Temperature Agglomeration Process for Iron Ores
Suneeti Purohit, Research Scientist, CSIRO

11:55

Fundamental Investigation Into the Effect of Various Pre-Melt Reactions on Airflow Resistance During Iron Ore Sintering
Tejbir Singh, Research Associate, University of Newcastle - Virtual

12:20

Effect of Anionic Polymer Dispersant on Iron Ore Granule Properties and Sinter Productivity
O.A. Aladejebi, Research Associate, University of Newcastle - Virtual

12:45

Low-Grade Fly Ash as a MgO Source for Iron Ore Sintering
Mark Pownceby, Senior Principal Research Scientist, CSIRO

13:10

Lunch

Session Three
Manufacturing and Products I

14:00

Keynote: Chemically Patterned Steels
Christopher Hutchinson, Professor, Monash University

14:25

Quality Considerations When Open-Pour Casting SBQ Grades
Shawn Armitage, Quality Services Superintendent, InfraBuild Steel

14:50

Surface Engineering for Lifetime Extension of Steel Mill Rollers
Christiane Schulz, Technical Production Manager, LaserBond

15:15

Coffee Break

Session Four
Green Ironmaking Impact on Steelmaking

15:30

Direct Shipping Ore (Iron): Current Deposits, Mine Sources, and Use Cases
Charles Tumazos, Manager, Strategic Point Partners, LLC

15:55

Modelling of Hydrogen DRI Impact Into EAF and BOF Furnaces
Shabnam Sabah, Research Fellow, Swinburne University of Technology

16:20

Development of H2-Based Steelmaking Route and Electric Smelting Furnace for
Low-Grade Australian Iron Ores

Quanrong Fan, Senior Advisor, QRF Consultant

16:45  

Differences Between Hydrogen and Natural Gas Flames
Gopal Pandey, PhD Candidate, Swinburne University of Technology

17:05

Use of Different Lime-Based Products to Promote Agglomeration of Bio-Charcoal for
EAF Injection Through Extrusion and Tableting Processes

Joyce Aderhold, Senior Applications Engineer, Lhoist and Mark Ford, Chief Scientist, J.C. Steel Sons Inc

Day 2 – Tuesday, 13 February 2024

Session One             
Panel Discussion and New Technologies

09:00

Panel Discussion: Can You Go Green Without Going Into the Red?
Moderator: Jenny Selway, CEO, HILT CRC
Panelists: Sara Hornby, President, Global Strategic Solutions; Ruwan Brell, Manager Carbon Reduction, Bluescope Steel; and Geoffrey Brooks, Professor, Swinburne University of Technology

09:45

The "Helios Cycle" Iron Ore Reduction Technology
Jill Cooper, Senior Advisor, Helios

10:10

Greenfield Zero-Carbon Steel: A Comparison of Available Technologies
Matthew Humbert, PhD Candidate, Swinburne University of Technology - Virtual

10:35

Thermodynamics of Ammonia Ironmaking
Tiara Triana, PhD Candidate, Swinburne University of Technology

11:00

Coffee Break

Session Two              
Manufacturing and Products II

11:15

Keynote: Pinpointing Pathways to Wear Resistance
Matthew Barnett, Professor, Deakin University

11:40  

Keynote: On the Role of Interfaces During Metal Additive Manufacturing of Stainless Steels
Sophie Primig, Professor, University of New South Wales

12:05

SENSE 600 – A New Product in a Lower Carbon World
Sharmy Francis, Manager Innovation, InfraBuild Steel

12:30

Lunch

Session Three         
Steelmaking Technology

13:30

Representative, Real-Time Quality Measurement Technologies for Conveyed Flows
to Improve Cokemaking, Ironmaking and Steelmaking

Henry Kurth, Chief Marketing Officer, Scantech

14:05

Open-Pour Casting of 0.08% Carbon Billet Grade at Whyalla
Israel Murgas, Metallurgist, Liberty Steel Whyalla - Virtual

14:30

Major Decarbonisation Options for Reheat Furnaces
Tharindu Siyambalapitiya, PhD Candidate, Swinburne University of Technology

14:55

Physical Model Studies on the Attenuation of Sound Through Foam in a BOF
Jason Heenatimulla, PhD Candidate, Swinburne University of Technology

15:20

Increased Sequence Length on Rail Casting
Jari Peltonen, Metallurgist, Liberty Steel Whyalla - Virtual

15:45

Coffee Break

Session Four           
Hydrogen Ironmaking Fundamentals

16:00     

Fundamental Metallurgical Issues Associated With Hydrogen DRI
Geoffrey Brooks, Professor, Swinburne University of Technology

16:25

Impact of Physical and Chemical Properties of Iron Ore Lumps on Reducibility Using Hydrogen
Karen Palolite, Research Student, University of Newcastle - Virtual

16:50

Void Patterning During Hydrogen-Based Iron Oxide Reduction
Yuxiang Wu, Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute

 

Symposium Concludes