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INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ENHANCED USE OF THERMODYNAMIC DATA IN PYROMETALLURGY TEACHING AND RESEARCH

Date 28 September 2022
- 29 September 2022
Location Mintek, Randburg, Johannesburg
Resources THANOS Announcement 15102021.pdf

BACKGROUND

Fundamental knowledge of thermodynamic principles and data is important in understanding and improving processes used in the production of metals as well as in the design and development of new processes. This is particularly so given the fact that the production of metals from ores and/or secondary resources using pyrometallurgical processes involve complex thermochemical phenomena as a result of high temperatures and application of energy to materials. In most cases, however, pyrometallurgists do not fully appreciate the immense potential of thermodynamics to the design and operation industrial processes. This trend is worrying so as the engineering society is moving towards competencies focusing on a wide area of knowledge. The shift towards “Wikipedia knowledge” is a natural consequence of availability of huge amounts of information, but invariably, tends to occur at the expense of fundamental knowledge which forms the backbone of high quality thermodynamics teaching and research. In some instances, students and researchers tend to regurgitate derivations of thermodynamic equations with no indication of how such thermodynamic principles and data are to be put to practical use. To keep the interest and the dedication to the teaching, learning and application of thermodynamics principles and data, new teaching methods must continuously be developed with emphasis on how the fundamental knowledge is used in the research, design and operation of pyrometallurgical processes.