SINTEF Materials and Chemistry

This is SINTEF 2013
May 2013
SINTEF Materials and Chemistry
Who we are
SINTEF is a non profit polytechnic
research foundation, performing contract
research and development for industry
and the public sector
SINTEF is amongst the largest
independent research institutes in
7216 projects for 2200 customers
SINTEF Materials and Chemistry
Location (incl. subsidiaries):
Trondheim (Head office), Oslo,
Tromsø, Bergen, Stavanger,
Ålesund, Raufoss, Mo i Rana,
Glomfjord, Porsgrunn, Houston
Texas (USA), Rio de Janeiro
(Brasil), Hirtshals (Denmark)
Employees: 2100
SINTEF Materials and Chemistry
SINTEF Materials and Chemistry
SINTEF Materials and Chemistry
is a research institute offering high
competence within materials technology,
applied chemistry and applied biology
Our main research fields are within:
 Materials and Nanotechnology
 Biotechnology and Nanomedicine
 Sustainable Energy Technology
 Oil and Gas Process Technology
 Industrial Process Technology
 Environmental Technology
Executive Vice President Torstein Haarberg
together with former and present employees at SINTEF Materials and Chemistry
SINTEF Materials and Chemistry
Process Industry
Our research comprises the whole value-chain, from the extraction of minerals from the crust of the
earth, through the production of metals and materials to the application and behavior of materials
and end products, recycling included.
• Minerals and raw materials
• Primary metals production
• Plastics, rubber and composite
• Casting and forming
• Urban mining
• High temperature materials
• Environment and emissions
• Process modelling
Norwegian Aluminium and ferroalloys industries are today the cleanest and most
energy-efficient in the world, resulting from a long tradition for continuous innovation,
where SINTEF has played an important role.
SINTEF Materials and Chemistry
SINTEF Project : New knowledge on Submarine Tailing Disposal, STD (Nykos)
Project idea :
The main objectives of NYKOS is to increase existing knowledge and innovation of new technologies for sustainable submarine
tailings disposal.
Project scientific work :
Significance of Coastal Geological Processes related to STD
Effects of hyper-sedimentation on soft / hard bottom fauna and possibilities of improved re-colonization
Development of better modelling tools and criteria of acceptance for STD
Concentrator tailing modifications to reduce environmental impact
Verification and field work in 1-2 research fjords
Potential for value creation:
Reduced societal, economical and environmental impact from operating STDs
Increased potential to commercially exploit coastal mineral deposits
Reduced deposition and potentially reuse of concentrator tailing
SINTEFs main competence:
Surface chemistry, chemicals, analytics, chemical process technology
Modelling and marine ecology
Mineral processing , society and environment
Partners in Norway : Mining companies, NTNU, NGU, IRIS, Veritas, NIVA
We would be interested to find partners in Nordic Countries .
An application to The Norwegian Research Council will be sent by 27. November 2013
Contact person : Per Helge Høgaas , email : [email protected]
SINTEF Materials and Chemistry
New and improved techniques for mineral extraction and exploration
• Decisive Parameters for open pit mine design
Potential for value creation:
Rock slope stability analysis and numerical modelling
Identification, collection and interpretation of input parameters
Water leakage in hard rock
Partners in Norway (Elkem AS and Franzefoss Minerals AS) – data available
Optimised design, increased ore recover and increased profit
Avoidance of loss due to a slope failure
SINTEFs main competence
The main aim of open pit design is to provide an optimal excavation configuration that
enables safe working conditions, stable pit walls and high ore recovery
Need more research to find weight assignment of event-controlling parameters
Interested to find partners in Nordic Countries
Has sent an application to the Research Council of Norway (BIA-Program (IPN))
Contact person : Research Manager Kristin H. Holmøy; [email protected]
Technology for a better society
New and improved techniques for mineral extraction and exploration
• Development of new technologies for exploration in underground mines
Potential for value creation:
Development and optimization of rock mechanics design
Development of new rock support systems for mines
Bridge the gap between numerical analysis and input data preparation for computational
rock mechanics
Optimised design and rock support leading to increased ore recover and increased profit
Avoidance of loss due to rock failure or unfavourable rock mass behaviour
SINTEFs main competence
Rock mechanics - high expertise both theoretically and practically
Deformation and stress measurements; also long-term measurements
Numerical modelling
Comparing the numerical model with measurements done in the field (fractures, stress- and
deformation measurements) – improving the numerical model
Partners in Norway
• Several ongoing projects – for example Rana Gruber AS
• Interested to find partners in Nordic Countries (LKAB?)
Contact person Kristin H. Holmøy: [email protected]
Technology for a better society
NordMin Call: Hybrid technologies for waste water treatment and
monitoring in mining industry
Department: Polymer Particles and Surface Chemistry; Sector: Biotechnology and Nanomedicine,
SINTEF Materials and Chemistry, Trondheim, Norway
Contact: Marius Sandru, [email protected]; Heidi Johnsen, [email protected]
Competence –relevant to the call
Waste water treatment and metal recovery: membrane separation, polymers, particles,
Monitoring system: water tracers
Core themes (CT) of interest:
CT3 Mineral Processing : "recovery of fine particles, sustainable water usage..., biotechnological
CT4 Metallurgy : "liquid solid separation, elimination of metals in effluents"
CT5 Mine closure and rehabilitation: "drainage and mine water treatment and long term
monitoring systems"
Relevance to other research initiatives: " Clean Water" incentive (SINTEF), SFI - "Center
for Biopolymer Research and Innovation (CeBiRI)",
Contact: Marius Sandru, [email protected]; Heidi Johnsen, [email protected]
Teknologi for et bedre samfunn
Porous particles: high
surface specifically
modified particles for
metal removing
Membranes for:
Waste water filtration,
osmosis, pervaporation, ion
exchange, metallic ion
Contact: Marius Sandru, [email protected]; Heidi Johnsen, [email protected]
Teknologi for et bedre samfunn
Polymers for flocculation (competence transfer from EOR)
Tailoring terpolymers of polyacrylamide and
1) Big polar groups to improve the thermal stability; 2) 1
Hydrophobic monomer enhances viscosity; 3) Wetting
properties – use of inclusion monomer to protect the
surfactant during the flooding process and introduction
of surfactant functional groups
Characterization of polymers in solution or
precipitated as particulate matter : DSC, FTIR, UV-VIS,
rheology , etc
Monitoring (competence transfer from EOR)
Chemical tracers used in oil
industry can be used as
efficient tools for pollution
monitoring in mining
Monitoring of oil and water
flow in oil wells based on
intelligent release of chemical
Chemical tracers embedded in
polymeric poles, placed in the
oil well during completion for
future controlled release
Contact: Marius Sandru, [email protected]; Heidi Johnsen, [email protected]
Teknologi for et bedre samfunn
Developing effective Flotation for Arctic Conditions
Equipment for an effective
Flotation process
Reagent efficiency at low
Chemical problems (e.g.,
frothing and ionic strength)
Water recirculation
Energy efficiency (e.g., heat
Reagent testing
Process optimization
Equipment design
Chemical Reagents for
flotation and frothing
Key Partners:
SINTEF Materials and Chemistry and
Luleå Technical University
Per Helge Høgaas
[email protected]
Per-Erik Larsson
[email protected]
Technology for a better society
Process Modelling
Reaction and
kinetics modelling
with rigorous
Process modelling
and evaluation
Macro balances on
heat and mass
Reaction kinetics
Fluid Dynamics
Detailed modelling
of unit operations
Discrete Element
Method (DEM)
Smoothed Particle
Finite Element
Method (FEM)
Technology for a better society
Project ideas:
Coupling of DEM/CFD or DEM/SPH to study heap leaching
Coupling of DEM/SPH to study wear in e.g. tumbling mills
Coupling of DEM/SPH or DEM/SPH/FEM to study drilling
Coupling of DEM/CFD to study build-up of filter cakes and dewatering of filter cakes
Coupling of DEM/CFD to study charging
Coupling of SPH/DEM to study reactive flows (e.g. leaching)
Coupling of DEM/CFD (multi-phase CFD) to study floation cells
Platform: In house SPH-DEM framework developed in period 2011-2013, ANSYS Fluent
coupled to EDEM from DEMSolutions. Strong connections to both ANSYS-Fluent and
Possible partnerships: Bengt Pålsson, Luleå Technical University, Johanna Alatalo, LKAB
Contact person: Senior Scientist Paal Skjetne, Department of Chemical Engineering, SINTEF
Materials and Chemistry.
Technology for a better society
Nordic feasibility study for Improved Utilization of Surplus materials
from the present and future mining and quarrying industry
Establish a coordinated, Nordic basis for increased, improved and new
utilization of surplus materials from ore, industrial mineral, aggregate and
natural stone production and processing
Actual partners, e.g.:
VTT, CBI, DTU, Mannvit
Industry actors from each sector
Technology for a better society
Short presentation
Industrial relevance:
The NordMin project aims at the following for the industry: Economic benefits and spin-offs, Improved
resource and energy efficiency, Better predictability through the production lifetime, Reduction of
environmental footprint, improved general image issues and improved exchange of experience among
Nordic actors.
Scope of work:
Establish a holistic overview of existing and potential new uses and applications for
surplus materials at Nordic and European level.
• Provide basis for how a Nordic waste database can be established, incl. a systematic
analysis and evaluation of available and attainable information and establishment of a
multi-level robust and flexible analyses program for characterization and testing.
Coordinated with existing, on-going/planned national and European initiatives:
• Establish an overview of "the Nordic surplus material pool" from the ore, industrial
mineral, aggregates and natural stone industry, including amounts, fractions,
mineralogy, chemistry, physical properties etc.
• Establish a fundament for new material technology and new and/or improved
applications based on surplus materials.
Technology for a better society
Core themes, Contacts and Competence
NordMin Core themes (CT) of interest e.g.:
CT2 Mining/Quarrying: "System approach, Innovative waste management".
CT4 Mineral processing : "Resource efficiency in mineral processing"
CT5 Mine closure and rehabilitation: "Waste management"
Relevance to other research initiatives:
KPN/NRC-Application Norway (SINTEF, NTNU, UMB, NGU, Norwegian Industry),
COST Application (NEtwork for smart quarry Waste MAnagement, Recovery and EU Certification)
Strategic initiatives at SINTEF and NTNU
Eurogeosurvey cooperation, incl. Database work (e.g. FODD)
Contact person
Competence relevant to Call, e.g.
SINTEF Building and Infrastructure
Lisbeth Alnæs, Research manager
[email protected], +47 930 58 535
SINTEF Materials and Chemistry
Ove Paulsen, Senior scientist
[email protected], +47 930 59 423
NTNU, Dep. of Geology and
Mineral Resources Engineering
Rolf Arne Kleiv, Associate professor
[email protected], +47 416 41 031
Mining and quarrying, production
Infrastructure and logistics
Processing and metallurgy
Environmental technology,
Building materials and products
Analytical methods and testing
Co-processing, LCA, LCC etc.
Technology for a better society

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