What initial temperature does steel need for continuous casting? How many megawatt do I need in an electric arc furnace?
All of these questions and many more can be answered with the help of steeluniversity.org. This innovative e-learning platform offers simulations of different parts of the steel production process.
Steeluniversity was primarily designed for students who are interested in steel and its production as well as employees of the steel industry, who would like to dive deeper into the matter and explore the different aspects of steelmaking. Also steeluniversity can be used as a supplement for lectures. But of course everyone interested in steel is invited to explore steeluniversity!
Heart of the website is a series of simulations of the most important parts of steel production. Over the past few years, many animated and interactive process models have been released and have aroused international attention.
The following simulations are currently available on the website:
The simulations enable users to follow the production process from iron ore to steel and encourage thinking of environmental aspects as well as sustainability. They are offered in two levels of difficulty. The first and easier level is designed for students and the second level, which is rather difficult and includes unplanned obstacles, is designed for users who have already gained work experience in the steel industry. To start off, the user gets the chance to choose which kind of steel grade he or she wants to produce. Each alternative has its own special challenges and demands different workflows as well as the use of different process parameters. There is never just ONE way to make things right!
Every chapter concludes with an exercise or simulation. The necessary technical and chemical basics and processes are explained beforehand to give users the theoretical background and the needed information for successfully completing the simulation.
After completing the simulation or exercise, the user gets a feedback for his or her result and a protocol of what he or she has done. With this protocol at hand, users can evaluate what went wrong at what point and what could be done differently in a second try.