Matheus Santos - Brazil

Matheus earned his Master's degree in Materials Engineering in Technology Development from the Federal University of Sao Carlos (GEMM/UFSCar) in 2018. His passion for materials science relates to the role of steel and refractories in the social and economic development of our society. This led to an undergraduate exchange programme in POSTECH (Pohang University of Science and Technology) in South Korea, home to one of the most renowned steel research centres in the world, where he explored ideas and examples of success. He believes that many improvements in our industry and society require entrepreneurial and innovative ideas and this motivates his work.

Matheus has visited several steelmaking sites and worked in two steel companies (POSCO and HYundai Steel), with complementary experience in the refractory sector (an internship at Magnesita and a graduate sponsorship by Saint-Gobain). Beyond academic and professional activities, Matheus is creative, has strong leadership and good communication skills, and has always been involved in the organisation of group events and activities. Besides engineering, he enjoys travelling, music and eating good food.

Insights on the optimisation of the steel ladle process from a refractory perspective

The modernisation of metallurgical processes like steelmaking is intrinsically related to improving vessel linings and process control. Refractories are the material commonly applied to the lining because they can withstand the aggressive environment of steelmaking. Monitoring and controlling have recently shown their importance to general steelmakers, but there is still much to be explored.

In this context, understanding and predicting the thermal and energy condition of the metallurgical process is a first step in modelling and designing tools to help identify the best lining for production solutions. Indeed, optimised steel ladle linings can significantly impact operational conditions, safety, energy consumption, productivity and costs of the process. The study aims to highlight scenarios in which the refractory lining advances the steel ladle operation, according to numerical simulation results for different lining materials and thicknesses.

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