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Disciplines:Research & Development
Final apply:26-08-2019

Pilot scale iron ore pelletising

What's your job?

The Ferrous Raw Materials research group within Tata Steel Europe R&D is looking for a trainee to assist with a deep dive into the experimental data collected from over one hundred pilot scale  tests of firing iron ore pellets.

Iron ore pellets undergo a firing process in a packed bed to achieve sufficient strength to be loaded into the blast furnace without degradation.  At the pilot plant of Tata Steel IJmuiden, a measure known as “effective firing time” has been used to assist in the analysis of the temperature profiles at different levels within the bed from pilot scale pot-grate tests.  It takes the form of an integral to indicate the amount of heat received in the bed in relation to a reference temperature.  The effective firing time used to correlate well with the strength of the fired iron ore pellets, but changes in the pellet firing process in recent decades means that the correlation has become less accurate.

Work has started on potential corrections to the effective firing time to restore the correlation with strength but a deeper analysis of historical testwork is now required to determine and validate the best option. The solution will be applied in the pellet plant to optimise future energy usage and minimise carbon emissions.

Furthermore, you will be:

  • Perform data analysis in looking at different potential correction techniques to the effective firing time from a large range of recent pot grate tests with different experimental conditions. 
  • Investigate what feed parameters influence the correction model parameters.
  • Determine under what conditions the model does not fit well; and suggest and test possible solutions to obtain suitable quality for the pellets while minimizing overall energy input.
  • At the end of his internship, a report on your findings (a written report and an oral presentation) is expected.

Is this you?

  • This project would be best suited to those studying process engineering, especially those with a good understanding of mathematical modelling of processes
  • A good understanding of Microsoft Excel is required
  • A good understanding of R may also be useful for this task, but is not compulsory
  • Communication for this project will be done in English

What do we offer?

We offer you a paid internship with proper guidance. In consultation with you, we start with drawing up your assignment to make sure that it fits the requirements of your university. You can gain valuable experience within a large organization and Dutch only manufacturing industry. You can count on a no-nonsense and result-oriented organization, within which you can make a concrete contribution to the realisation of improvement objectives.

During your training period you can regularly participate in events such as student tours and lunch lectures. We also offer the possibility to make use of our Library Services. When you are in your final Master of Bachelor internship, you can temporarily become part of our internal Association for young professionals "The Magnet".

What's your department?

The internship will be based in the Ironmaking, Steelmaking and Casting Department of Tata Steel Europe R&D, which is host to a large and diverse group of researchers and trainees.  There will a great opportunity to learn more about ironmaking and the world in the coffee corner or over lunch in our on-site canteen.

Apply or learn more?

Is this the assignment for you? Please apply directly via the application button below, don’t forget to upload your motivation letter. If you have any questions or want to have more information first? Please contact Judith Hamers, Campus Recruiter: (Phone +31 (0)251- 494 000) or


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Application process

1. Apply

Applied for a (graduate) internship? We will review your application and motivation and contact you within one week.

2. Interviews

You made us curious. In the interviews you can explain what you can offer and why we should choose for you.

3. Internship agreement

Nice, you now have the assignment you are super enthusiastic about! It's nice to know that all agreements made are recorded in an internship or graduation agreement.

4. Start

You can go to work on your professional and personal development, both in your assignment and in our network of interns for interns. Perhaps this is even the start of something bigger...

More information?

Judith Hamers
Talent recruiter
T: +31 (0) 251 494000

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