Faces of Metallurgy

Interview of Dr. Martina Hanel as start of the interview series "Faces of Metallurgy". 

With the aim of giving young people more insights about the job description and the daily business of a metallurgist, the Department of Metallurgy at the Montanuniversität Leoben started an interview series with well-known people of this profession. The "Faces of Metallurgy" should prevent stereotypes in terms of metallurgy being dirty and dangerous and should act as an inspiration for pupils and students.  

Special thanks to Birgit Hechtl for the interview,
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Assembling Stage in Full Swing  

Final Engineering and Construction Phase for ILTEC at voestalpine Donawitz, Austria

After some time of temporary halt, the construction of the ILTEC facility is now in full operation. For this special application of cooling the flanges of the RH degassing facility, the technology is even more sophisticated. Due to the regular changes of the nozzles and the lower vessel part respectively, a nitrogen purging to flush the cooled parts is implemented. This guarantees a perfectly safe operation mode with ILTEC and at the same time allows a loss-free change of vessel parts.

The completion of the facility will be in the middle of May 2017 whereas the industrial scale implementation will be realised at the end of this year.



Mettop GmbH, founded in 2005, is an independent Austrian engineering company, specialised in the design, optimisation, and engineering of technologies for metallurgical processes. It is active in the field of pyro- as well as hydrometallurgy of non-ferrous metals and recently also started with innovative cooling systems for the iron and steel industry.

The scope of services comprises of optimisation solutions in the area of furnace integrity, combining refractory selection and layout, gas purging systems and cooling elements. In the field of hydrometallurgy, a new electrolysis technology - the METTOP-BRX Technology - was developed and is in operation to allow an acceleration of the electrolytic refining of up to 50 percent. For all metallurgical aggregates and equipment, Mettop developed the new and water-free cooling technology ILTEC, that uses an ionic liquid as cooling medium,  to create new pathways towards safe and efficient cooling for the entire metallurgical industry.

In addition, Mettop is internationally active in terms of technical consulting (process optimisation) and operator training for customers in the non-ferrous metals industry, and also assists in the optimisation of risk management in metallurgical plants. 

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