Modelling & Simulation of Metallurgical Processes

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          MET346E (Modeling & Simulation of Metallurgical Processes)
MET346 (Metalurji ve Malzeme Proseslerinin Modellenmesi ve Simülasyonu)
at Metallurgical & Materials Engineering Department of I.T.U.


Introduction to modelling & simulation, Basic principles of modelling & simulation, Mathematical and physical basis of modeling & its methodology, Basic approaches and techniques of modelling & simulation, Examples of metallurgical and materials processes, Mass and energy balances, and simultaneous solutions, In-class demonstration of modelling software, Modeling and Simulation in Materials Science, Application of the methodology for materials behavior and processing problems, Modeling of structural materials, Description of certain metallurgical processes (roasting, smelting, leaching, precipitation, electrolysis, refining, etc.) and steps of their mathematical modelling and approaches, Concepts of batch, and continuous processes in metallurgy, Determining the effect of controlling parameters, such as composition, temperature, particle size, concentration, pressure, gas/liquid/solid flow rate, stirring speed, current density, etc., and mathematical modelling thereof. Assigning these parameters to the student groups as term projects, Hands-on experimenting of modelling software in the computer-lab to investigate the effect of these parameters, individually assigned to the groups of students, Building the models of metallurgical and materials processes, investigated under the light of related controlling parameters, Their simulation with modelling software, In-class and in a competition style presentation of these models by the student groups, to their classmates.

  1. Description of metallurgical and materials processes and some simulation applications,
  2. Fundamental principles, methods, and approaches of simulation and modelling,
  3. Developing the theoretical background of metallurgical processes’ simulation and modelling,
  4. Demonstrating a sample commercial simulation program,
  5. To have the students search for the effect of certain parameters on metallurgical processes with the help of modelling software and have them evaluate engineering problems with different techniques.


Upon completion of this course, a student should be able to:

1. Understand the importance and necessity of simulation and modeling studies in metallurgical processes,
2. Comprehend the data processing and process control,
3. Improve his/her theoretical background on simulation and modeling of metallurgical systems,
4. Support his/her theoretical background by hands-on application on a modeling software,
5. Be aware of the resulting innovations by applying simulation and modeling software,
6. Create a model of a given metallurgical process by considering the related control parameters.

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  • Peters E., Dreisinger D., 1990, “Mixing, Leaching and Modelling Course Notes”, Metals and Materials Eng. Dept., Univ. of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.
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Useful Links

Steel University

Software Use

… HSC 9.03

… COMSOL Multiphysics

… ASPEN Plus


Moments of Presentations

ModSim 2015 spring – SS + (presentation.pdf)

ModSim 2015 spring – SR + (presentation.pdf)

ModSim 2015 spring – EAF + (presentation.pdf)

ModSim 2015 spring – BOF + (presentation.pdf)

ModSim 2015 spring – BF + (presentation.pdf)