The conversion of iron oxides to metallic iron is the most energy intensive process step of all steel production routes, which are based on iron ore as ferrous feedstock. Projects of the research field are related to the characterization of ferrous burden materials and reducing agents for the blast furnace as well as direct and smelting reduction technologies in order to predict their behavior during processing. Furthermore, the use of hydrogen as a reducing agent for new direct reduction and direct steelmaking technologies are explored. The methods applied for that encompass advanced analytical methods for raw material characterization. Experimental simulation of ironmaking processes is a key competence, which is supported by mathematical simulation and modelling tools.
Current research projects