The Process Metallurgy Department studies the physicochemical phenomena that occur during the metallurgical processes of roasting, sintering, smelting, melting, refining & alloying, casting, solidification and thermal treatments to support the clients in product/process development or optimization, failures root cause, application of countermeasures to reduce internal rejections/ customer claims and special projects requiring scientific consultancy.
Process study commences by theoretical modeling, including thermodynamic simulation coupled with kinetics.
Laboratory trials facilitate primary model validation and along with process data analysis support the design and scientific monitoring of industrial campaigns in close cooperation with our customers.
Key areas of research are driven by the impact of global megatrends on the metallurgical industry and often support circular economy initiatives.
The Department is equipped with:
Furnaces for lab and semi-pilot scale trials
MS-RaLAn MS-RaLAn (Metal-Slag Rapid Laser Analysis) Prototype System developed for fast chemical analysis of solidified metal and slag samples. Other applications are examined.
HSC Software for Process simulation, Reactions Equations, Heat and Material Balances. Simulation studies using Thermocalc® and FactsageTM software are also conducted in cooperation with University Institutions.
|El. Resistance Heat Treating furnace – Nabertherm||Programmable heating up to 850oC with air circulation.|
Useful volume 350x500x350mm
|Heat treatment and melting of inorganic materials & metals.|
|El. Resistance Heat Treating furnace – Nabertherm||Programmable Heating in air up to 1280oC. Useful volume 350x500x250mm||Heat treatment and melting of inorganic materials & metals.|
|Dual Induction furnace (with two separate crucibles) – Inductotherm||High frequency (3000Hz) induction melting 50KW.||Two pots, each one capable of melting ~30kg Al, or ~80kg Cu, or ~75kg Fe|
ELKEME, Hellenic Research Centre for Metals S.A.
ELKEME was founded in 1999 to support the Hellenic Metallurgical Industry. Through a variety of state-of-the-art laboratories ELKEME focuses on industrial research and technological development/analysis in four major metal sectors: Aluminum, Copper, Steel and Zinc, providing efficient solutions to our customers.