YPLC North East finalist - Federica Rosaria Lisa

Federica graduated from the University of Leicester in 2017 with an MChem in Chemistry with Forensic Science with a year in industry. She achieved First Class Honours and was awarded the Waters Ltd industry sponsored prize. Her industrial placement project at British American Tobacco was about understanding the impact of salts and filler on the physical characteristics of cigarette paper during combustion, and her Masters focused on the development of latent fingerprints on mild steel substrates via electrodes deposition of copper ions. Prior to completing her studies she was offered positions in academia and industry and eventually joined the British Steel graduate scheme as a Technical Graduate. Since then, she has worked on a range of technical projects at the Basic Oxygen Steelmaking plant, Continuous Billet Caster, Rail and Section Mill and also in Intellectual Property Rights, and R&D Tax Claims.

Federica is fluent in English, Italian and Spanish with basic knowledge of German and French. She has represented various companies and organisations such as  British Steel, British American Tobacco, University of Leicester and Royal Society of Chemistry, worked with external companies and organised international conferences, as well as training courses for the Red Cross and Doctors without Borders. She is constantly motivated to increase her lever of knowledge and improve her skills. Outside her work, she is a STEM and WIME Ambassador, and a mentor and GCSE tutor at a college. She enjoys learning languages, science, business, exploring cultures, travelling, being adventurous, innovative and playing sports.

Understanding the factors that influence power and graphite electrode consumption at ladle arc furnaces and how these can be reduced

Over the last three years, British Steel has seen a gradual increase in power input and graphite electrode consumption at the ladle arc furnaces for the manufacture of steel. The aim of this research was to understand the factors that influence high consumption and suggest improved alternatives to create a model in the future. Previous research showed that oxidation and sublimation affect the use of graphite electrodes by 80-85% due to both physical and chemical factors. In this investigation, it was also discovered that both power and electrode consumption were highly dependent on factors such as plant availability, human factors, schedule adherence and logistics. Possible alternatives to reduce power and electrode consumption were identified and suggested. These improvements will help reduce energy use, maintenance and number of graphite electrodes, and improve consistency. In financial terms, this work could give savings of over £1 million annually.

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