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WMG Research Seminar: 12pm-1.30pm, Thursday 13th October

Location: Auditorium, International Digital Lab

Keynote: Dr Debashish Bhattacharjee

Title: Innovation in Steel Industry, Dr Debashish Bhattacharjee, Group Director RD&T, Tata Steel
Global trends are generally characterized by scarcity - scarcity of water, energy and raw materials and food. As the world population is forecasted to increase enormously, the pressure is put on finding sustainable solutions for energy and clean water for the increasing population. Sustainable energy solutions include exploiting renewable energy sources that will not have adverse effects on climate change. It also means reducing energy consumption and eliminating wastes. This talk presents examples of innovative product and process development work carried out in Tata Steel to address the global trends in environment. Among renewable energy resources, solar energy is emerging as the most promising source. Work is carried out worldwide to find effective and affordable technologies for harvesting this uninterrupted energy source. Tata Steel is working on advanced technology for harvesting solar energy efficiently. We are also developing integrated solutions, such as energy independent houses, which would increase the living standard for the population with minimal output of greenhouse gasses. Our customers in the automotive industry are looking to meet the global environmental trends by developing lighter cars with increased crash safety. Tata Steel looks to enable this trend with development of advanced high strength steel that combines high strength with high formability.Tata Steel is further looking to increase the sustainability of the steelmaking process by using waste and by-product of our processes in an innovative way. As an example, spent thermal energy and spent water from our steelmaking processes are utilized to produce hydrogen gas. The produced hydrogen has no carbon footprint and has an excellent potential to be used as a source of energy. We are also developing technologies to increase heat transfer coefficients in order to enhance energy efficiency in existing processes. A simple, low-cost solution has been developed where recycled iron oxides fines from cold rolling process are used for water purification, removing arsenic and other contaminants from ground water without the use of chemicals. This has the potential to benefit "bottom of the pyramid" populations in many third world countries. Contrary to common perception, high tech solutions need not be expensive. As an example, this talk will show an ultra-cost effective solution for removal of hexavalent chromium implemented for chromite ores. The key to innovation lies in the ability to think outside the box.
Dr Bhattacharjee is currently the Group Director, Research Development and Technology, Tata Steel Group, stationed at the IJmuiden in the Netherlands, from where he leads the transformation of the research of Tata Steel Europe (earlier Corus RD&T) and Tata Steel India & Asia (Jamshedpur) into a global Tata Steel Research organisation. He did his BTech from Jadavpur University, MTech from IIT Kanpur and PhD from the University of Cambridge, UK. He has also carried out post doctoral research at the Rolls Royce University Technology Centre in Cambridge and at the University of Birmingham. His areas of expertise include fracture and fatigue of materials, physical metallurgy of rolling, and application of artificial neural networks in industry. His personal technical contribution spans a wider area, from mineral beneficiation, to development of new technology for generating hydrogen at low cost and development of advanced coolants using nanofluids. He was awarded the Metallurgist of the Year award by the Govt of India in 2004. In 2008 his contribution to engineering was nationally recognised through Fellowship of Indian National Academy of Engineering (FNAE). Dr Bhattacharjee has more than 45 peer reviewed international publications and has filed 20 patents. He has been Chairman of the Jamshedpur chapters of Indian Institute of Metals, Indian Institute of Mineral Engineers and the Indian Institute of Welding. Dr Bhattacharjee is an Industrial Professor at the University of Warwick, UK. Dr Bhattacharjee is also the Chairman of the Flat & Long Steel Sectional Committee of the Bureau of Indian Standards. He has recently been made a member of the Governing Council of the The Welding Institute (TWI) in UK. He was a Director on the Board of Tata Advanced Materials Ltd. Dr Bhattacharjee's hobbies include aeromodelling (fabricating and flying model aeroplanes) andstudying ancient history of India. He is a founder member of the Jamshedpur Aeromodelling Club and an expert on control-line aerobatics.
12:00 – Opening talk: Joining Challenges within the Automotive Sector - Richard Hewitt
12:15 – Keynote: Innovation in Steel Industry
13:05 – Posters and Lunch
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