SINTEF Industry Metal Production and Processing
RESEARCH, TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION
Norwegian Aluminium and ferroalloys industries are today the cleanest and most energy-efficient in the world, resulting from a long tradition for continuous innovation, where SINTEF has played an important role.Our research comprises the whole value-chain, from the extraction of minerals from the crust of the earth, through the production of metals and materials to the application and behavior of materials and end products. Recycling, urban mining and process waste valorization are important part of our activities.
Process Metallurgical Laboratories
Modern production of high quality metallic materials requires advanced knowledge of pyro-metallurgical processes. SINTEF optimises metallurgical processes and raw materials, using a combination of laboratory scale and pilot scale experimental techniques, combined with thermochemical modelling.
Molten Salt and Electrolysis Lab
Molten salts includes fluorides, chlorides and carbonates melts for use in several electrochemical processes. Aluminium electrolysis is the predominant field of work but also electrowinning of Titanium, Iron, Magnesium, Silicon and Rare Earth Metals (REM) covers our research activities. Recently our research activity also cover recycling and electro refining of critical materials (REE elements mainly). Liquid metal battery for future storage of renewable energy is another field of research.
Refractories and Carbon Test Laboratories
High temperature materials are commonly defined based on their maximum application temperature with respect to the materials melting temperature, which strongly depends on the applied stress-level and the resistance to corrosive environments. Our expertise cover in special refractories, linings and carbon based materials for the primary aluminium cells, cast furnaces, anode baking furnaces, waste incinerators, silicon – and ferro-alloy reduction process.
Foundry and Forming laboratory
In our fully equipped foundry laboratory we work with casting and melt treatment of metals such as aluminium, iron, steel, titanium, magnesium and copper based alloys. We design and produce models for shaped castings, and have a moulding line and a core shooter to produce sand moulds. In addition, we have the possibility to do advanced modelling to optimize gating and feeding systems.
COMET - Conversion between Magnetic, Electric, and Thermal energies in phase-transforming materials
This project aims to develop a radically new technology for harvesting low-temperature heat. Such heat is available in huge amounts from renewable sources (e.g. geothermal and solar) as well as in many industrial and domestic processes.
ENSUREAL - Integrated cross-sectorial approach for environmentally sustainable and resource-efficient alumina production
The goal of the Ensureal EU project, is to ensure zero waste production of alumina in Europe. This will be done by developing a zero-waste process for alumina production that can handle a wider range of bauxite than the existing process. The process will minimise the environmental impact of bauxite mining and alumina production.
HeatEx - Sheet ingot materials for ultra-thin automotive heat-exchangers
Modern vehicles contain up to ten different heat-exchangers, sometimes more. Due to advanced requirements with respect to product's characteristics, aluminum brazed products are clearly dominant in the heat-exchanger industry. An increasing demand for new alloys is linked to the global vehicle development and production. This project aims at development of new Al-Mn series sheet ingot materials for heat-exchangers with a microstructure that allows down-gauging to 120 micrometres for tube materials and 40 micrometres for fins.
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A new EU project will provide greener cities through cheaper and simpler solar cell systems.
Scientists: - Gas will make metal production greener
The Norwegian metal industry must incorporate gas into its processes, if the industry is to reach its target of zero emissions by 2050, scientists at SINTEF and NTNU claim.