The Centre of Excellence in Steel Technology at IIT Bombay organized a lecture as a part of the “Steel Colloquium Series” on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 titled ‘Sunrise in Steel Town?’ by Prof Sridhar Seetharaman, Colorado School of Mines.
Below is a brief abstract:
It is an exciting, yet challenging time for steel as environmental legislation, new energy sources and government support for manufacturing are creating the opportunities to revolutionize the industry to produce low carbon, high value-added products. The benefits of a modernized energy – and raw material flexible steel industry producing high-value products are obvious but can only be enabled through a joint commitment from the entire industry sector, government and the academic community. We seek to explore new technologies to reduce the environmental and financial cost of production. We will investigate innovative blast furnace/melting technology and downstream
processes and disruptive technologies to replace traditional routes. Success will mean remaining competitive in an era of high-energy costs and exploiting alternative and indigenous energy. We also seek to develop effective processing routes for value-added steel products and look for solutions that enable differentiation and flexibility at the latest possible stage of steel manufacturing. This talk highlighted the unique industry-university research environments in which the speaker has worked in, and the broad range of technology.
About the Speaker:
Prof. Sridhar Seetharaman is Professor and Director of Research and Strategic Initiatives with the College of Applied Science and Engineering (CASE) at the Colorado School of Mines.
He is affiliated with the Kroll Centre for Exractive Metallurgy and the ASPPRC (Advanced Steel Processing and Products Research Centre) but his primary responsibility is to develop the Mines Materials Institute. From summer 2018, he will also take on a part–time Professorial post at Swansea University. Prof. Seetharman obtained his PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Metallurgy and his undergraduate degree from the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden in Materials Science. His research and teaching interests lie in Materials for Clean Energy Processes and Materials Processing through Clean Energy. He has graduated over 25 doctoral students, of which 4 are faculty at universities. He has published over 180 journal papers in the areas of: secondary refining, casting and mold slags, coal gasification, oxidation and hot-shortness.