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Past Australia Member Chapter Events

Student Plant Tour — May 2018
A group of 20 students from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) visited Liberty OneSteel’s Sydney Steel Mill in Sydney, Rooty Hill, Australia, on 28 May 2018. The group was comprised of first- and third-year undergraduate and postgraduate students. They were led by Sophie Primig, senior lecturer and postgraduate coordinator from the School of Materials Science & Engineering.
Franco Perri, Six Sigma Black Belt, rod and bar, Liberty OneSteel, and AIST member, welcomed the students and delivered a presentation on AIST, covering what it is, what it aims to achieve and membership benefits.
Perri then presented “Real Steelmaking in Sydney,” which covered steelmaking, casting and hot rolling fundamentals, including the technologies employed at Sydney Steel Mill, quality control and testing.
After the presentation, the students went on a plant tour of the meltshop and rolling mill facilities. The students were highly appreciative of this great opportunity to see how steel scrap is transformed into new finished rolled product.
Liberty OneSteel Laverton’s association with Swinburne University of Technology was further developed in June, when it hosted 16 engineering students at the mill in Laverton, Vic., Australia, on 21 June. The aim was to familiarize the students with steelmaking and rolling operations at the site and provide them with a feel for the future of manufacturing in Victoria. First-, second-, third-year and master’s students participated in the visit.
Liberty OneSteel was particularly delighted to have four female engineering undergraduates in the group. The students were selected from a variety of disciplines, including mechanical, robotic, mechatronic, civil, software and electrical engineering.
The students were divided into two groups and then rotated through both the rolling mill and meltshop. This was followed by a working lunch and boardroom presentation by Andrea Fontana, technical superintendent meltshops and rolling mills, Liberty OneSteel, who gave an outline on the future of robotics, IT and optimization. During the event, Hercules Van der Merwe, Victorian operations manager, spoke about the challenges facing the steelmaking industry. Cath Skidmore, sustainability superintendent, gave her perspective on working in steelmaking as a female engineer. Finally, Jacob Stanford, a Swinburne University fourth-year engineering student, talked about his experience as a part-time worker at Liberty OneSteel.

1. University of New South Wales (UNSW) students were given a steelmaking presentation on 28 May 2018 during their visit to Liberty OneSteel’s Sydney Steel Mill. 2. UNSW students during the plant tours (left to right): Tri Khai Duong, Wesley Hannah, Amanda Sieber, Hafsah Indrianita Pratiwi and Ryan Demott.
3. Swinburne University of Technology students toured Liberty OneSteel’s Laverton plant on 21 June 2018.

Melbourne Metallurgical Forum — February 2018
“All things metal” was the focus of the Melbourne Metallurgical Forum, held at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia, on 23 November 2017. The event was designed to showcase the impressive metallurgical research know-how and industry development underway in Australia. The AIST Australian Member Chapter and Materials Australia (peak body for materials science in Australia) sponsored the event.

Presentations focused on a variety of topics:

  • Roger Lumley from Latrobe University spoke about improving investment cast quality.

  • Illana Timokhina, Deakin University, discussed developing nanostructured steels.

  • Primary production of metals was featured in several talks with Mark Pownceby, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), describing his team’s recent work on understanding how iron ore sinter quality is connected to the crystallography of the sinter.

  • Geoffrey Brooks, Swinburne University of Technology, described the potential for using solar energy in the processing of iron ores.

  • New applications, such as the development of titanium alloys for 3D printing and controlling the quality of 3D metal microstructures were highlighted.

  • Steve Grundy, Liberty OneSteel, and Mark Cooksey, CSIRO, talked about optimizing existing processes and products. Grundy highlighted the various improvements in automation and quality control underway at the Laverton Steel Mill, while Cooksey gave an interesting account of how various metallurgical plants around the world have dealt with the challenge of increasing competition from Asia through looking for opportunities special to their operation.

The audience of researchers and industry leaders enjoyed the panel discussion at the end of the day that looked at how we can develop new research opportunities in metallurgical research. At the end of the event, there was wide agreement that this event should become an annual event.

1. Ma Qian (left) of RMIT University and Paul Zulli (center) and Brian Monaghan (right) of University of Wollongong attended the Melbourne Metallurgical Forum at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia on 23 November 2017. 2. Ph.D. students at Swinburne University of Technology attended the forum, held at Swinburne (left to right): Suneeti Purohit, Epma Luptri and Jaefer Yenus. 3. Panelists shared their expertise with attendees at the Melbourne Metallurgical Forum (left to right): Mark Easton, RMIT University; Mark Cooksey, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization; and Paul Zulli, ARC Steel Research Hub.

Tour of OneSteel's Laverton steel works — June 2017
On 20 June 2017, the AIST Australia Member Chapter hosted a tour of OneSteel’s Laverton steel works for students and personnel of Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne. The OneSteel Laverton steel mill is the largest electric steel works in Australia.
The students were accompanied by Yvonne Durandet, Senior Lecturer in Advanced Manufacturing and Academic Director Employability & Work Integrated Learning from the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology. The delegation comprised mainly first-year students from a variety of engineering courses, one Ph.D. student, a master’s student and two lecturers.
The host of the visit was Andrea Fontana, technical superintendent, rod and bar, and chair of AIST Australia Member Chapter. Shane Murphy, general manager, rod and bar, welcomed the delegation and answered students’ questions.
After a safety briefing and an overview of the Laverton site, the students were divided into two groups and guided through the meltshop and rolling mills by OneSteel personnel. That was followed by a presentation about AIST, plus the highlights of AISTech 2017, delivered by Fontana.
Emily Sadlier, environmental superintendent, and Theresa Corfield, human resource systems support advisor at OneSteel’s Laverton Steel Mill, talked about their personal experiences as women in the steelmaking environment, encouraging the women in the delegation to consider this industry for future employment.
After lunch, Fontana delivered a presentation with particular focus on new technologies in steelmaking, including sensors, robotics, remote controlled equipment and, more in general, the Industry 4.0 concept applied to steelmaking.

Australia Member Chapter chair Andrea Fontana (center), OneSteel, and students from Swinburne University of Technology after their tour of OneSteel Laverton Steel Mill on 20 June 2017.

Attendees at the University of Wollongong in October 2016.

Finding and Tweaking Inclusions in Steel  — October 2016
Carnegie Mellon University professor Chris Pistorius presented his lecture, titled, “Finding and Tweaking Inclusions in Steel,” at the University of Wollongong in Wollongong, NSW, Australia, and the Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Vic., Australia, in October 2016 as part of the John F. Elliott Lectureship. Both events were well-represented by academia, students and industry with 46 attendees at the University of Wollongong and 54 attending the lecture at the Swinburne University of Technology.

Australia Member Chapter chair Paul O’Kane, One Steel Ltd., provided an overview of AIST to attendees at the 8th High-Temperature Processing Symposium on 1 February 2016. 

8th High-Temperature Processing Symposium — February 2016
The AIST Australia Member Chapter co-sponsored the 8th High-Temperature Processing Symposium, which was held on 1–2 February 2016 at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia. More than 80 attendees gathered from around the world, including: India, China, Korea, Japan, Belgium, Switzerland and Australia.
The two days of the symposium covered many topics on the aspects of iron- and steelmaking, highlighting the solar thermal processing of iron ores, improving the life of blast furnaces, new sensors for ladle metallurgy, treatments of wastes in EAFs and slag chemistry.
Additionally, professors working in the high-temperature field from some of the world’s top universities, including POSTech, IIT Madras, Zurich-ETH, University of New South Wales, University of Queensland and Swinburne University of Technology provided presentations.
The mix of students, industrial and academic researchers created a successful event. The ninth symposium in 2017 is currently being planned.  







Tour and Discussion — August 2015
On Thursday, 27 August 2015, the AIST Australia Member Chapter hosted a tour of OneSteel’s Laverton Steel Mill in Melbourne, VIC, Australia, for a group of students from Swinburne University. The students were led by Prof. Geoffrey Brooks and Dr. Yvonne Durandet from the Faculty of Engineering, Science and Technology, Swinburne University. Swinburne has had a long relationship with OneSteel, and AIST membership has been growing at the university in recent years as steel-based research expands. Several of the students who attended are part of Prof. Brooks’ high-temperature processing group, including members who are active in steel research projects on slag foaming on BOFs, modeling of dephosphorization in BOFs and development of new sensors for ladle metallurgy. Other students who attended are enrolled in the advanced manufacturing and mechanical engineering courses at the university. This was the first tour of Laverton Steel Mill organized by the Australia Member Chapter.
Jurie Van Wyk, steelmaking manager at OneSteel Laverton, welcomed the students and talked about his passion for steelmaking, the importance of developing young engineers and how young engineers should view the steel industry as an excellent career opportunity in a global business that can provide international travel as part of their development. After introductions, a safety briefing was given by Andrea Fontana, technical superintendent — meltshops at OneSteel and organizer of the tour and guides. Fontana showed the students the meltshop, and George Samouris, technical superintendent of the Laverton rolling mills and a Swinburne graduate, showed the students around the rolling mills. The tours were a great opportunity to see how scrap is transformed into finished rolled product. Highlights included observing OneSteel’s proprietary EAF polymer injection technology in operation and OneSteel’s manufacturing visual key performance indicator system. Lunch was provided after the tour, during which further networking and discussion occurred. Paul O’Kane, principal steel manufacturing technology officer at OneSteel and Australia Member Chapter chair, along with Fontana, gave a presentation to participants about AIST, including what the organization is, what it aims to achieve, recent achievements of the Australia Member Chapter (including its ironmaking and sustainability symposia), and the numerous benefits of being an AIST member. O’Kane gave a presentation to participants titled “Technical Aspects of steelmaking” and related it to process control. The presentation was interactive and very informative. The importance of good foaming slag was emphasized during the presentation. The OneSteel Laverton and Sydney steel mills use polymer injection technology, a process that partially substitutes the use of coke with polymers, including rubber, as a slag foaming agent in EAF steelmaking. Over 2 million tires have been recycled as a slag foaming agent at OneSteel’s two largest meltshops. OneSteel has an exclusive license agreement with New South Innovations, the commercialization arm of the University of New South Wales, to sub-license this technology around the globe. The Australia Member Chapter has increased its membership from 82 members in 2014 to a total of 113 as of 31 August 2015. The chapter also held a student night at the University of New South Wales this year. The chapter hopes to participate as a sponsor for the first time at the 8th Annual Temperature Processing Symposium on 1–2 February 2016 at Swinburne University. The chapter would like to acknowledge and thank the staff at the OneSteel Laverton mill for hosting this event and welcoming the chapter officers and Swinburne students into the facility.

Student Night – July 2015
On 16 July 2015, the Australia Member Chapter, in cooperation with the University of New South Wales (UNSW), organized a Student Night at the university. Twenty-four participants attended the event, including the chapter officers and a guest speaker, David Knights from OneSteel. The event opened with a welcome speech by Paul O’Kane, principal steel manufacturing technology officer, OneSteel, and AIST Australia Member Chapter chair. O’Kane gave a presentation on AIST, which included an overview of AIST, what it aims to achieve, benefits of membership and recent achievements of the Australia Member Chapter. Such recent achievements include ironmaking and sustainability symposia and significant membership growth in 2015. Following O’Kane’s presentation, David Knights, general manager of best practice at OneSteel, shared his career experiences with students and young professionals. Knights gave an overview of his work history and provided his observations, challenges for the steel industry, career opportunities, industry imperatives and platforms for success. He demonstrated how a career in steelmaking can open up global opportunities. After the presentation, dinner was provided for all in attendance.

Plant Tour and Celebration — January 2015
The Australia Member Chapter hosted a plant tour of OneSteel’s Sydney Steel Mill on Friday, 30 January 2015. Paul O’Kane, principal steel manufacturing technology officer at OneSteel, and the Australia Member Chapter chair, welcomed all visiting AIST members, non-members and representatives from both industry and the local university. Thirty people participated in the event. After introductions, a safety briefing was held, followed by guided tours of the meltshop and rolling mill departments. The tours provided a great opportunity to see how steel scrap is transformed into finished rolled product. Highlights of the tour included observing OneSteel’s proprietary EAF polymer injection technology in practice and OneSteel’s manufacturing visual key performance indicator (KPI) system. OneSteel’s plant personnel were very accommodating in answering visitors’ questions. Paul O’Kane and Len Woods, metallurgist for Hatch and the Australia Member Chapter secretary-treasurer, gave a presentation about AIST. The presentation included information about AIST’s mission and the benefits of becoming a member. The presentation also highlighted the recent achievements of the Australia Member Chapter, including the ironmaking and sustainability symposia. The Australia Member Chapter has increased its membership by 12% in 2013–2014. The chapter is aiming for significant growth in 2015.
O’Kane then presented “Basic Technical Aspects of Steelmaking.” The presentation was interactive and emphasized the importance of achieving a good foaming slag for good steelmaking performance. Sydney Steel Mill uses a process of polymer injection technology, which partially substitutes the use of coke with polymers, including rubber, as a slag foaming agent in EAF steelmaking. Over 2 million tires have been recycled as a slag foaming agent at OneSteel’s two meltshops. Following the technical presentation, a barbeque lunch was provided. During the lunch, networking and discussions were encouraged among the attendees and OneSteel employees.
After the plant visit to OneSteel’s Sydney Steel Mill, AIST members were invited to attend a function at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), celebrating the equivalent of 2 million tires that have been injected into OneSteel’s Sydney and Laverton EAF meltshops since the start of the polymer injection technology process. Key personnel from OneSteel and UNSW attended. Paul O’Kane and Veena Sahajwalla gave a presentation on the history of the partnership between OneSteel and the UNSW in developing and commercializing polymer injection technology. The presentation highlighted not only technical aspects but also the relationships and building the capability of young Ph.D. students and undergraduate students. Many of these students now work for Arrium in Edmonton, Alta., Canada, and for OneSteel at Newcastle, Sydney and Laverton. It was a tremendous opportunity for AIST members to see the benefits of the UNSW and OneSteel relationship and to further AIST members’ professional networks.

International Sustainability Symposium — October 2013
The 2013 International Sustainability Symposium, organized by the AIST Australia Member Chapter and SMaRT@UNSW, was held in Sydney, Australia, on 3–4 October 2013. Delegates from China, India, South Korea, Japan, Sweden, the U.K., the U.S. and Australia attended the symposium, which focused on recycling waste materials. This brought together participants from industry, research organizations and academia. The symposium was inaugurated by Prof. Fred Hilmer, University of New South Wales vice chancellor. Prof. Hilmer addressed and welcomed the attendees and overseas delegates. He stated that the rewards of coming together with colleagues from across the world are compelling, thanks to the power and potential of collaboration. He said that, in the last few decades, the world has consumed resources in great extent. Dealing with waste has been a major challenge for researchers. The symposium provided an opportunity for attendees to interact and exchange ideas on recycling waste. The use of waste rubber tires and plastics to produce green steel was also discussed. Discussions took place throughout the sessions with regard to the approaches taken by industry and research communities. Also at the symposium, Australia Member Chapter chair Paul O’Kane presented the Outstanding Service Award to current secretary-treasurer Narendra Saha-Chaudhury for his outstanding contribution to the Australian Member Chapter over the last 10 years. Finally, O’Kane explained the benefits of becoming an AIST member and suggested that attendees join AIST.

Plant Tour and Technical Presentation — June 2013
On 11 June 2013, the Australia Member Chapter hosted a plant tour to the BlueScope Steel – Port Kembla facility in New South Wales (NSW), Australia. This one-day industrial visit was open to participants from industry and academia with the intent to share knowledge and technological trends conducted at BlueScope Steel. Michael Lopez, Australia Member Chapter chair at the time of the event, welcomed the visitors and introduced those in attendance. The BlueScope Steel safety policy was discussed, followed by an introductory lecture regarding industrial activities at BlueScope Steel – Port Kembla, NSW. After the introduction, the group toured the facility, which included the hot rolled coil steel manufacturing process. The computerized operation, the thickness of coil steel and many other details were discussed with operational facility members. Dr. Rama Mahapatra, principal metallurgist for Castrip LLC (a joint venture company between BlueScope Steel and Nucor Corp.), gave a brief introduction about the technology inventions carried out at BlueScope Steel, discussing many aspects of steelmaking, including their new development of CASTRIP® technology. After the talk by Dr. Mahapatra, lunch was provided. Overall, the visit was valuable and gave insight into coil steelmaking, which has application in the residential, commercial and industrial sectors.

Blast Furnace Seminar — March 2013
The Australia Member Chapter hosted a seminar on 18 March 2013 at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. Fredrick Rorick, president of Rorick Institute, presented, “What I Have Learned From 47 Years at the Blast Furnace.” He began with an enthusiastic introduction on the blast furnace. During his presentation, Rorick said, “It is easier and better to avoid trouble than to try to escape once you are in it.” Rorick went on to explain in detail the “four fundamentals” and “six rules” for success in working with a blast furnace. Finally, Rorick ended his presentation with the following advice: “Reduce variability anywhere and everywhere that you can, even when you cannot immediately calculate a financial benefit.” The presentation provided attendees with a 50-year perspective of working with blast furnaces and experiences in problem-solving. There were 20 attendees at the event.