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Metallurgy is a key enabler of a circular economy (CE), its digitalization is the metallurgical Internet of Things (m-IoT). In short: Metallurgy is at the heart of a CE, as metals all have strong intrinsic recycling potentials. Process metallurgy, as a key enabler for a CE, will help much to deliver its goals.

This course will illustrate some of these concepts with hands-on training using a process simulator.

The course will by practical simulation cases flowsheet circular economy systems and then use environmental analysis to footprint solutions as shown by the figure below. Various details of the course are discussed in http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11663-016-0735-5
and https://www.annualreviews.org/doi/abs/10.1146/annurev-matsci-070218-010057

The course participants will after this course have been exposed among others to:

  • Flowsheeting of physical separation, metallurgical and recycling systems by hands-on use of simulation software (HSC Sim) – various systems will be explored
  • Evaluation of the resource efficiency of these flowsheets e.g. using exergy, LCA tools etc. thus linking simulation and foot-printing.
  • The students acquire knowledge about the use of English terms in non-ferrous process metallurgy as well as physical recycling in addition to design for recycling.

Course leader: prof. Markus Reuter (Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology)

Study load: 3 ECTS

Target group

Students that want to make a change by fundamentally understanding the CE system. Systemic thinkers that want to understand Circular Economy Engineering in the context of process metallurgy, recycling and design for recycling will find this valuable. Therefore, metallurgical knowledge, process engineering as well as simulation interest would be valuable. Exposure to the economics of engineering systems will also help to develop the case studies in this course.