Distinguished Lecture Series – Professor Ken Coley “High Temperature Kinetics: from the Lab to the Steel Plant”

December 3, 2018 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Bahen Centre (BA 1180)
40 St George St
Toronto, ON M5S 2E4
Kendra Hunter

The Distinguished Lecture Series hosts Kenneth S. Coley, Department of Materials Science & Engineering at McMaster University on Monday December 3, 2018. Professor Coley will speak on High Temperature Kinetics from the Lab to the Steel Plant. Pizza will be provided by the department.

Ken Coley

Distinguished Lecture Series
Speaker: Professor Ken Coley, Department of Materials Science and Engineering at McMaster                        University
John F. Elliot Lectureship Award
Director Steel Research Centre
Date:         Monday, December 3, 2018
Time:        1:00-2:00 pm
Location:  BA 1180


This lecture will introduce the exciting world of reaction kinetics while illustrating how kinetic studies are now being applied in industrial scale process models. Over the past several decades there have been many outstanding fundamental studies of metallurgical kinetics. However, whilst this work offers fascinating insight into the nature of steelmaking processes, it is only relatively recently that it has been possible to apply kinetic data from the laboratory in predicting process outcomes. Kinetic studies from Dr. Coley’s laboratory and from other research groups around the world highlighting the way in which this data is being used in predictive process models. Kinetic studies and related models will be presented for important steelmaking processes; Oxygen Steelmaking, Electric Arc Furnace Steelmaking, and Ladle Metallurgy.



Ken Coley is the Director of the Steel Research Centre in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, and the Associate Dean, Academic in the Faculty of Engineering at McMaster University. He works in the area of High temperature kinetics, process modeling, slags, transport properties, oxygen steelmaking, ladle metallurgy. His current activities include:

(1)Oxygen Steelmaking: Kinetic studies in support of whole process modeling of the BOF, including, kinetics of droplet swelling, dephosphorisation of bloated droplets, decarburization mechanism of bloated droplets.

(2)Process Modeling of Ladle Metallurgy: Whole process model including coupled slag metal reactions, inclusion transformation and calcium injection

(3)High Manganese Steel Production: Kinetics of reductive alloying, kinetics of manganese losses in AOD, kinetics of reduction and smelting of manganese ore.

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