TMS Industrial Aluminum Electrolysis Course 2011
August 29 to September 2, 2011 • Reykjavík – Iceland

This is the definitive course on the theory and practice of primary aluminum production. Participants will be enriched by this 4.5-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 NORDURAL 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.

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
  • Electrical Safety in Potrooms
  • 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
  • Measurement Techniques for Pot Analysis
  • Measures to Control Metal Purity in Prebake Reduction Cells
  • 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 Nordural Smelter
  • Pot Control
  • Pot Operational Diagnostics
  • Pot Voltage Management
  • Potline Shutdown and Restart
  • Productivity and Workplace Challenges When Operating Cells are at the "Edge"
  • Reduction Cell Busbars at Increased Amperage
  • Thermal Balance Modeling for Lining Design
  • Understanding the Variability and Control of Temperature and Aluminum Fluoride in Cells
  • Use of Stored Data/Recent History of Cell Condition Variations for Advanced Diagnostics of Abnormalities
  • Work Practices and Safety in Potrooms
Plant Tour
Accompanying plant tour sponsored by NORDURAL

The course presentations and notes will be in English.


Norway Halvor Kvande Hydro Aluminium, Norway
USA Flag Steve Lindsay Alcoa Inc., USA
New Zealand Vinko Potocnik Consultant, Canada
USA Flag Alton Tabereaux Consultant, USA
USA Flag Gary Tarcy Alcoa, USA
New Zealand Barry Welch Welbank Consulting, New Zealand


Course Tuition
This course will be held from Monday, August 29 through Friday, September 2
Hours: Monday through Thursday - 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday - 8 a.m. to 12 noon
Course tuition is $2,750 USD and includes:

  • 4.5-day course
  • NORDURAL aluminum smelter tour
  • Course notes
  • Welcome Reception on Sunday evening
  • Daily lunches
  • Refreshment breaks
  • Social Evening Out on Thursday evening

How to Register

To register to attend this course, complete the secure Online Registration Form. The advance registration deadline is extended to August 23, 2011.


About the Venue:
Hilton Reykjavik Nordica offers bright, airy rooms, large opening windows, and a separate working area. Surf the web with high-speed internet access or unwind and watch a movie on the LCD flat panel TV. Self parking is complimentary.

Hilton Reykjavik Nordica
Sunderlandsbraut 2
Reykjavik, Iceland 108
Phone: 354-444-5000
Fax: 354-444-5001

Reservations: The Hilton Reykjavik Nordica is now accepting online reservations at the regular price for the TMS Industrial Aluminum Electrolysis Course 2011.

Social Event:
Thursday, September 1
Location: Fish Market Restaurant

Housed in one central Reykjavik's oldest buildings, the Fish Market offers the freshest catches prepared before patrons in an open kitchen on the Iceland's only robata grill. Attendees are invited to relax and network amid this deliciously authentic atmosphere that blends traditional local fare with a modern twist for a unique dining experience. For more information about the Fish Market, visit the web site.



Integrated Solutions for the Aluminium Industry
VHE is an engineering and fabrication company servicing the worldwide primary aluminium industry. Our equipment range includes conveyor systems, bulk materials handling, storage silos, specialist machines for the rodding plant, casthouse and potrooms, PLC and SCADA systems, and motor control centres.

Turn-key Projects
VHE undertakes turn-key projects. We develop and install the complete solution to an agreed schedule, deploying a fully operational system on time and within budget.

Control and Measurement
VHE manufactures a wide range of measurement and control devices for aluminium production including molten metal flow controllers and level sensors for use in casthouses, anode and cathode ammeters and specialist instruments for potrooms. VHE is also supplies a wide range of thermocouples.

For further information please visit our Web site or contact us at:
Vélaverkstæði Hjalta Einarssonar ehf.
Melabraut 21-27
IS-220 Hafnarfjörður
tel: +354 575 9700
fax: +354 575 9701


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

Louise Wallach
The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society
184 Thorn Hill Road
Warrendale PA 15086 USA
Telephone: 724-776-9000 ext. 212
Fax: 724-776-3770