Industrial Aluminum Electrolysis Course 2010
September 13-16, 2010 • Hotel Luzeiros São Luis • Maranhão, Brazil
Registration Deadline: August 15, 2010

This is the definitive course on the theory and practice of primary aluminum production. Participants will be enriched by this 4-day course, which will provide a comprehensive understanding of the electrolysis process, as well as an overview of the state-of- the-art aluminum production. An on-site visit to the Alumar aluminum smelter will round out the academic experience.


Who Attends?
Technical and project managers, supervisors and operators of Hall-Heroult cells, developers of primary aluminum production technology, and anyone with an interest in aluminum production would benefit from this course.

Course Goals and Objectives
The goals for this course are to promote more efficient operation of aluminum smelters and to stimulate corresponding research and development. Attendees will participate in group discussions and learn to solve technical problems at aluminum smelters, such as: diagnosis and treatment of problem pots; heat balance applied to potline operations. Download the Industrial Aluminum Electrolysis Course 2010 Course Information Flier (PDF).

Course Topics Include 
  • Alumina Quality and Solubility
  • Anode Effect Mechanism and Emission Rates
  • Carbon Dust in Pots– Causes and Problems
  • Cell Energy Input and Its Utilization
  • Current Efficiency Improvements and Optimization
  • Diagnosis of Problem Pots
  • Electrolyte Compositions
  • Fluoride Emissions Control
  • Graphite Resistor and Gas Preheat
  • Group Work on Heat Balance
  • Group Work on Problem Pots
  • Heat Balance Fundamentals
  • Impact of Alumina Properties on Pot Operations
  • Introduction to the Al Electrolysis Process
  • Measures to Control Metal
  • MHD for Reduction Cells Busbar Design
  • Modern Shell Design for Reduction Cells
  • Optimizing Work Practices to Minimize Disturbances and Maximize Smelter Cell Performance
  • Options for Minimizing the Duration and Quenching of Anode Effects
  • Plant tour to Alumar
  • Pot Operational Diagnostics
  • Pot Control
  • Pot Voltage Management
  • Potline Shutdown and Restart
  • Productivity and Workplace Challenges When Operating Cells are at the "Edge"
  • Thermal Balance Modeling for Lining Design
  • Use of Stored Data/Recent History of Cell Condition Variations for Advanced Diagnostics of Abnormalities
  • Work Practices and Safety in Potrooms
  • Understanding the Variability and Control of Temperature and Aluminum Fluoride in Cells
The course presentations and notes will be in English.


Norway Halvor Kvande Hydro Aluminium, Norway
USA Flag Steve Lindsay Alcoa Inc., USA
Argentina Pablo Navarro Aluar Aluminio Argentino, SAIC, Argentina
Brazil Dagoberto Severo CAETE, Brazil
USA Flag Alton Tabereaux Consultant, USA
USA Flag Gary Tarcy Alcoa Inc., USA
New Zealand Barry Welch Welbank Consulting, New Zealand


Course Tuition
This course will be held from Monday, September 13 through Thursday, September 16 – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Course tuition is $2,500 USD and includes:

  • 4 day course
  • Smelter tour of Alumar, Sao Luis, Brazil
  • Course notes
  • Welcome Reception on Sunday evening
  • Daily lunches
  • Refreshment breaks
  • Closing Reception and Dinner on Wednesday evening

How to Register
To register to attend this course, complete the secure Online Registration Form or download and submit the Registration Form (PDF) via postal mail or fax. Payment must accompany the submitted form. The advance registration deadline is extended to August 15, 2010.

Special rates are available to course participants who stay at the Hotel Luzeiros São Luis, in Maranhão, Brazil if they book by August 1. Reservations may be secured by calling + (55) 98 3311-4950. For more hotel information, please visit


If you have additional questions about this course or any professional continuing education opportunities, please contact:

Nate Natale
The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society
184 Thorn Hill Road
Warrendale PA 15086 USA
Telephone: 724-776-9000 ext. 222
Fax: 724-776-3770