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ASTUTE 2020 Update September 2020

Here at ASTUTE 2020, we can support your business throughout this period of uncertainty. Our world-class academics and technical experts from across our strong Welsh Universities partnership are available to support you through research and innovation activities. If you wish to discuss opportunities for working with us e.g. to modify your production to develop solutions to support the fight against COVID-19, you can contact us via email.


METaL - Process Evolution in the Steel Industry

METaL - Process Evolution in the Steel Industry



The course provides a general overview of the standard process routes required to transform raw materials into rolled steel and their respective history and evolution.

Who should attend?

The course is aimed at people working in the steel industry or the steel industry supply chain who will benefit from a broad understanding of processes in common use in the steel industry. Typical delegates include technical and engineering personnel.

Course aims

To provide a core understanding of processing in the steel industry, scientific relevance of processes and an appreciation for the historical developments that have led to their current day state.

Learning outcomes

  • After completing the module you should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the steel manufacturing process from raw materials to coil.
  • You should also have an appreciation of technological developments that have occurred resulting in the modern day technology used within steel manufacture.
  • This module will provide you with an overview of the advancing technology in the steel industry.

Day 1

  • Introduction and history of iron and steel production
  • Ore preparation
  • Coke production
  • Sinter and pellet production
  • The principles and practice of iron making & the Blast Furnace
  • Operating practice in relation to iron composition and modern developments in blast furnace operation
  • Steel making
  • Steel university blast furnace eLearning simulation

Day 2

  • Development of tonnage steel making
  • Secondary steel making
  • Production of specialist steels
  • Steel university secondary steel making eLearning simulation

Day 3

  • Rolling
  • Refractories
  • Trends in the steel industry including recent developments
  • Revision session
  • Duration & Assessment
  • 3 days plus assessment. End of day tests plus 2 hour written exam


To find out more about how much it costs to attend this course and to see if you are eligible for part funding please visit the price page.