Transforming industrial waste into valuable carbons for iron-carbon alloys: Fundamental investigations of structure, impurity reactions and carbon dissolution

This project will develop the innovative science for recycling end-of-life industrial components as carbon resources for ferrous alloys.

This project will develop the innovative science for recycling end-of-life industrial components as carbon resources for ferrous alloys. Through high temperature experimental research on interactions of waste with molten iron, computer simulations and theoretical analysis, I will develop recycling fundamentals, focused specifically on key waste characteristics, impurity reactions and carbon dissolution.

Through high temperature experimental research on interactions of waste with molten iron, computer simulations and theoretical analysis, I will develop recycling fundamentals, focused specifically on key waste characteristics, impurity reactions and carbon dissolution. The new technology will have two significant advantages: it will be a major step towards tackling the global problem of industrial carbon waste disposal in an environmentally sustainable way; and it will reduce the industry's reliance on coke, the production of which involves considerable harmful gas emissions.

Image: Recycling of Waste Plastic for Carbon Cissolution in Iron

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Key contact

+61 2 9385 4426
veena@unsw.edu.au