InsPyro's 2nd Inspiration Day

InsPyro gladly invites you for the 2nd Inspiration Day on Friday the 2nd of March.

For this edition InsPyro would like to inspire you with a short course on thermodynamics to show you the link between theory and industrial practice. The program will take one afternoon.

The first part will be a refresher of (or an introduction in) the concepts of thermodynamics. In the second part, application of the theory to practical use will be illustrated with examples from industry.

This year’s Inspiration Day is organised for people working in the metallurgical industry who would like to follow an introduction in thermodynamics or who would like to refresh their knowledge on the topic as well as for people who are interested in the application of thermodynamics to solve problems.
If you have a specific issue in mind for which you would like to learn how to approach it theoretically and practically, your question can be inserted in the program (send suggestions before the 20th of February).


12.00-13.00: Sandwich lunch (optional)
13.00-13.10: Welcome
13.10-14.45: Introduction in thermodynamics

  • What is the idea behind thermodynamics?
  • Materials change (concepts: component, phase, mixture, activity)
  • Materials react (concepts: enthalpy, equilibrium, solubility)
  • Visualisation of thermodynamics
  • How to read a phase diagram (2 component to multicomponent)
  • How to predict a final structure
  • Calculation of phase diagrams, reactions, and processes

14.45-15.00: Break

15.00-16.45: Industrial examples

  • Slag-refractory interaction — Mullite refractory, MgO-C refractory
  • Phase formation — Precipitates in steel, dross in lead refining
  • Heat balance — Addition of scrap to liquid steel, lead, or copper
  • Exploring feasibility — Can we reduce Al2O3 with C? Can we make nickel from stainless steel?
  • … — Your suggestions!
  • Calculation and visualisation tools from InsPyro — Try-out on your own computer

From 16.45: Opportunity to exchange ideas with a drink

Practical aspects:

Timing: Friday the 2nd of March from 13.00 till 17.00
Location: InsPyro, Kapeldreef 60, BE-3001 Leuven, Belgium

Aim: Continued education, Exchange of ideas, Inspiring metallurgy


Participation is free for participants from the materials industry, but subscription is required to secure your place.
You can subscribe by email to Els.Nagels@inspyro.be or phone +32/16.298.492 until the 24th of February.

A confirmation and a detailed route description will be sent to all participants.

If you know someone at your company or elsewhere who might be interested in the topic, please forward this invitation to them. If you have further questions concerning the Inspiration Day, please do not hesitate to contact InsPyro.

InsPyro’s team is looking forward to seeing you on the 2nd Inspiration Day.

Best regards,
Els Nagels
Project Director

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