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be held September 10-14, 2001, at the Camberley Brown Hotel, Louisville,
Kentucky, Aluminum Electrolysis is a 4.5 day course on the theoretical
and practical aspects of primary aluminum production. It provides a
better understanding of the electrolysis process and an overview of
the state of the art. Its goal is to promote more efficient operation
of aluminum smelters and stimulate corresponding research and development.
Previously held in Seattle, Washington, the Light
Metals Division of TMS will hold
the 2001 course in Louisville, Kentucky to feature an on-site visit
to a prebake aluminum smelter.
Who Should Attend?
This course is directed to anyone who operates Hall-Heroult cells or contributes
to the development of aluminum production technology.
The preliminary program
(subject to change) is available for download in portable document format
and can be viewed using Adobe
Lectures will be presented as outlined below, featuring an international
faculty. Among the others, the following individuals will serve as course
Extensive group discussions will cover solving technical problems at aluminum
smelters to increase production, lower energy consumption, improve metal
quality and reduce the environmental emissions. The following topics will
- Bénédicte Allard, Carbone Savoie
- Ron Barclay, Alcoa
- Phillipe Beghein, SGL Carbon
- Wayne Hale, Formerly, Kaiser Aluminum
& Chemical Corporation (the TMS 2001 President)
- Warren Haupin, Alcoa, Retired
- Richard Jeltsch, Kaiser Aluminum &
- Halvor Kvande, Hydro Aluminium, Norway
- Jerry Marks, Formerly Alcoa,
- Vinko Potocnik, Alcan International
- Alton Tabereaux, Formerly Reynolds
Metals Company, now Alcoa
- Gary Tarcy, Alcoa
- Geir Wedde, Alstrom Power Environment
- Barry Welch, Emeritus Professor Univ.
of Auckland & Visiting Professor Univ. of New South Wales
- Peter White, Heraeus Electro-Nite
- Nick Zienkowicz, Vulcan Refractories
- Alumina Properties
- Anode Carbon
- Bath Chemistry
- Cathode Blocks
- Cathode Refractories
- Cathode Start-Up
- Cell Modernization
- Cell Operations & C.E.%
- Magnetic Modeling
- Perfluorocarbon Emissions
- Practical Application to Operations
- Principles of Aluminum Electrolysis
- Process Control
- Process Simulation
- Producing Good Quality Anodes
- Tour of Aluminum Smelter
- Smelter Organizational Structure and Management
- Workers’ Health, Safety and Hygiene
In addition to the class work, the course will feature an on-site
visit to a pre-bake aluminum smelter.
About the Presenters
received a PhD in Physics of Materials in 1990. She then
joined Carbone Savoie and has been working in Carbon Savoie Research
Lab on cathode and sidewall products.
Barclay has over thirty years of experience in the Aluminum
Industry. His experience includes both operations and technical
responsibilities. His involvement includes greenfield construction,
new plant start-up, older plant restarts, and capital equipment
design/selection/commissioning. His technology involvement goes
from true R and D to field application, from adding new capacity
to modernizing old capacity. He has a degree in Science and has
lectured and presented numerous technical papers in various international
venues, including The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society conferences,
global carbon conferences, and other technical conferences. Mr.
Barclay presently holds the position of Manager of Electrode Technology,
Alcoa Primary Metals which includes global responsibilities for
all Alcoa’s smelters.
Beghein is employed by SGL Carbon Group as Technical Service
Manager, Carbon/Graphite Products. He is a Chemical Engineer. Philippe
started in Graphite activities with Pechiney in 1980, Production,
R&D, Technical Service Development Manager for graphite cathodes
in 1990. Since 1993 he has been with the SGL Carbon Group.
is the Vice President of Smelting, Refining and Power Generation
for Kennecott Utah Copper in Salt Lake City, Utah. He is responsible
for leading the safe and economical production of copper and electric
power for the largest copper producer in the United States. Prior
to joining Kennecott in 2000, Mr. Hale worked in the aluminum industry
for 23 years From 1997-2000 he was the President, Primary Products
Division, of Kaiser Aluminum & Chemical Corporation in Pleasanton,
CA. responsible for leading the corporation’s worldwide primary
aluminum production, premium product production, marketing and sales
and intellectual asset marketing and sales with an annual turnover
of more than $900 million. , Mr. Hale also worked for Rio Tinto,
plc at Anglesey Aluminium Metal Limited in the United Kingdom as
Technical Manager, Operations Manager then Managing Director over
the years 1990-1997. Prior to 1990 he was employed by Kaiser Aluminum
as Staff Technical Engineer, Assistant Potline Manager, Senior Technical
engineer and Potline Engineer.
Mr. Hale’s career accomplishments include the “Telly” Award for
the best Educational Video Series, “The Basics of Aluminum Production”
in 1991; Invited speaker to House of Lords – “Impact of Carbon Tax
on Aluminium Smelting” in 1996 & 1997; Listed in “Who’s Who – Europe,
1994-Present; Member TMS, author of multiple papers, held leadership
positions, presently President of TMS and past Light Metals Division
Chair, 1983-Present; Aluminium Federation (ALFED), UK – President
of Primary Producers, 1994-1997; Director – Antur Menai, UK, 1995-1997;
North Wales Business Forum, UK, 1996-1997; Rotary Club and Club
President, UK, 1994-1997; Aluminum Transactions – Advisory Board
Haupin received a B.S. degree in electrochemical engineering
from the Pennsylvania State University in 1942. His professional
career, until retirement, was spent with the R&D organization of
the Aluminum Company of America. There he rose to the rank of Senior
Fellow. In 1984 he was the first recipient of the Francis C. Frary
Award for Technical Excellence. This award is given by the Aluminum
Company of America for outstanding contribution to Alcoa technology.
In 1996 he received the TMS Light Metals Technical Service Award.
In 1985 he received the TMS Light Metals Best Paper Award. In 1972
he was a co-recipient of the Wasserman Award of the American Welding
His research has ranged from welding and brazing of aluminum, aluminum
purification techniques, fundamental and practical aspects of Hall-Héroult
cell technology, to advanced aluminum production processes. He has
lectured on aluminum smelting at numerous colleges and universities
and has had many consulting assignments in the United States and
other parts of the world. Mr Haupin has published numerous chapters
for books and encyclopedias, numerous technical papers and holds
20 U.S. patents. He is a registered professional engineer and a
member of The Mineral, Metals & Materials Society (TMS), The Electrochemical
Society, The Instruments Society of America and The Scientific Research
Society of North America.
Jeltsch received his BS degree in Chemistry from Allegheny College
, Meadville, PA in 1969 and his MS in Chemistry from Case Western
Reserve University, Cleveland, OH in 1971.
After eight years in the US Air Force, he joined Kaiser Aluminum
in 1980 as a Process Engineer at the Mead smelter. He spent ten
years in various reduction process engineering roles including Environmental
Manager for the smelter before being named Cathode Specialist for
Kaiser's Primary Products Division in 1990. In that role Mr. Jeltsch
is responsible for improvement of cathode technology in Kaiser smelters
and for Kaiser's technology sales customers. This includes testing
and qualification of materials, construction and repair practices,
and lining design. Mr. Jeltsch specializes in cathode failure analysis
and has conducted more than 100 autopsies of failed cells.
He is a member of TMS and has presented papers at the 1984 and 1992
Kvande (1945) graduated from NTNU, the Norwegian University
of Science and Technology, in Trondheim, Norway in 1969. He eared
his dr. ing. Degree in 1972 and his dr. techn. degree in high-temperature
inorganic chemistry from the same university in 1979. The subject
of the last thesis was: Thermodynamics of the Electrolyte Used in
Aluminium Electrolysis Cells, Studied by Vapour Pressure Measurements.
Since 1980 he has worked with Hydro Aluminum Metals Products in
Ardal, Karmoy and Oslo. His major field has been research and development
work on the chemistry of the Hall - Heroult process primary production
of aluminum. For the last ten years he has also worked part-time
as Adjunct Professor at his Alma Mater NTNU in Trondheim. He is
the author or co-author of more than 125 scientific and technical
papers, as well as 4 books, on aluminium electrolysis and related
Marks is currently serving as consultant to the International
Aluminium Institute (IAI) with headquarters in London, U.K. on climate
change, perfluorinated (PFCs) gases measurement and inventorying
of greenhouse gases. Prior to his work for IAI Jerry was employed
by Alcoa, Inc at the Alcoa Technical Center and served as Alcoa’s
liaison with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as the Voluntary
Aluminum Industrial Partnership manager coordinating efforts aimed
at PFC emissions reductions. He has been active in PFC sciences
since the early 1990s and has chaired the U.S. Aluminum Association
PFC Task Force and has participated in a number of U.S. and international
PFC workshops and meetings. Jerry has also been active in the development
of PFC measurement methodology and has authored and co-authored
a number of publications in this area.
Potocnik obtained his Ph.D. in plasma physics at The University
of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada in 1973. Since then, he
has worked at Alcan International Ltd, Arvida Research and Development
Center. He has extensive experience in modeling, operation and control
of aluminum electrolysis cells, with special attention on magnetohydrodynamics,
energy balance, dynamic process simulation and experimental evaluation
of cells. He participated in the design and operation of Alcan’s
high amperage experimental cells. His other activities include modeling
of carbon baking furnaces and teaching. He is the author or co-author
of many published papers in aluminum reduction.
is Manager of Process Technology, Alcoa Primary Metals. He
graduated with a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Alabama
in 1971. He worked in Research and Development at Reynolds Metals
Company for 26 years. He has become an acclaimed world leader in
cell diagnostics and operations as well as being a regular contributor
to TMS Light Metals. He teaches in the TMS Industrial Aluminum Electrolysis
course as well as the international course on Process Metallurgy
of Aluminum held in Norway each year. He has obtained 15 US patents
and published over 50 technical papers.
Tarcy is Manager, Energy Efficiency Alcoa Primary Metals. In
this function he interacts, advises and directs efforts towards
improving current and power efficiency for Alcoa smelters worldwide.
In particular, these responsibilities include improved pot control
systems, improved pot room practices and improved measurement systems
used by the smelters. His presentations in this course will include
Optimization of Current Efficiency, Pot Control and Fluoride Emissions.
Wedde was born February 9, 1949 in Oslo, Norway. He obtained
his B.Sc.H. University degree in Applied Physics from the University
of Strathclyde, Glasglow, Scotland, and received his post graduate
degree of M:Sc in Environmental Pollution Control from Leeds University,
Leeds, England in 1977.
He has been employed at Alstom Power Norway for the past 22 years,
currently as Technology Manager for air pollution control systems
to the aluminum industry. He has worked on dry scrubber projects
in Norway, Dubai, Bahrain, India, Canada and Australia, and spent
3 years in Brazil as project manager during the Albras smelter construction.
Geir has presented several papers and has been lecturing on emission
control at various aluminum conferences and courses.
Welch is in his 40th year of research and development associated
with aluminum smelting technology. He has worked in the industry
as well as consulting, directing research programs, and publishing
extensively on aspects of smelter technology.
White is employed by Heraeus Electro-Nite Int. N.V. as a Product
Application Manager, based in Belgium. Peter graduated with a BSc
degree in Metallurgy in Sheffield (UK) in 1985. Following four years
working as a Research Metallurgist for a foundry research institute
(BCIRA), Peter was appointed product specialist for a subsidiary
company of Heraeus Electro-Nite, initially concentrating on sensor
applications in the iron and steel industry. In 1997 Peter was appointed
to his present position as Product Manager, focussing on the application
of sensors in the primary aluminium industry.
Zienkowicz is currently a Director of Vulcan Refractories Limited.
He is a Licentiate of the Institute of Ceramics from the North Staffs
Polytechnic and has 20 years experience within the refractories
industry occupying positions within technical, production and sales
the event that course registration is not sufficient,
attendees will be notified of course cancellation a
minimum of 10 days prior to the scheduled beginning
of the course. Individuals wishing to cancel their registration
may due so on or before the August 20, 2001 registration
deadline, for a minimal $25 processing fee. No refunds
will be granted after the August 20 deadline.
Tuition: $1,600 per participant, which includes course notes, a
welcome reception, all refreshments during course breaks, continental
breakfasts, lunches, and a closing reception/graduation dinner.
Registration: To register for the Industrial Aluminum Electrolysis
course, complete the secure on-line registration form (or download the
registration form in portable document
format) and submit with payment. The registration deadline was August
20, 2001, but limited space is still available. A limited number of
participants (60 to 80) can be accommodated in the course based on a “first
come, first-served” basis. Class size is limited in the interest of participant
interaction. Early registration is encouraged; previous courses have sold
When: The course will run 4 1/2 days. Monday-Thursday from 8:15 am
to 5:00 pm; Friday from 8:15 am to 11:30 am. A Welcome Reception will
be held Sunday evening, September 9.
Where: The Camberley Brown Hotel, 335 West Broadway, Louisville,
Kentucky. Lodging charges are not included in the tuition fee, however,
a block of rooms has been reserved with The Camberley Brown Hotel, (telephone
502/583-1234, facsimile 502/587-7006) at a group rate price of $125.00
+ tax per night for single or double occupancy. Participants are expected
to make their own reservations by August 20, 2001.
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