29 November - 1 December 2015
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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Michel Reverdy, Steve Healy, Roberto Seno, Matthieu Arlettaz, Vinko Potocnik, Viktor Buzunov


The 33rd International Conference and Exhibition of ICSOBA was held in Dubai, UAE from 29 November to 1 December under EGA sponsorship. ICSOBA had never been in United Arab Emirates before. Therefore, the 2015 Dubai conference was of historic importance in a year which marked the 52nd anniversary of the association.

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Сonference materials

KN01 - Technology and innovation at Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA)
KN02 - A portrait of aluminium, metal of dream and modernity
KN03 - Towards the smelter of the future
KN04 - Ecology as a fundamental trend of UC RUSAL technical evolution
KN05 - Joint ventures – old risks and new challenges
KN06 - Sustainability in aluminum production
KN07 - Aluminium smelting costs: A value-based costing (VBC) approach
KN08 - Aluminium market outlook
BX01 - Bauxite beneficiation modifying factors
BX02 - AKW Apparate + Verfahren GmbH and its expertise in bauxite upgrading
BX03 - Bauxite fines recovery via desliming and concentration
BX04 - Madagascar bauxite as an alternative source
BX05 - Value engineering study for bauxite reject disposal
BX06 - Developing bauxite projects – balancing technical and logistical considerations
BX07 - The rediscovery of Rondon do Para, the last giant world-class bauxite deposit in an attractive geography
BX08 - New scope of exploration and techno-economic studies of laterites and bauxites in regions covered with Gondwana sediments
BX09 - The Votorantim Metais bauxite rod-ball grinding mill
AA01 - Design, startup and operation of the new digestion facility at the Ma’aden Alumina Refinery
AA02 - The application of single stream digestion at Votorantim Metais/CBA refinery
AA03 - Bauxite digestion redundancy options
AA04 - Use of double hose-diaphragm pumps in Bayer process for alumina production
AA05 - Advanced process control application in VM-CBA bauxite digestion unit
AA06 - Assessment of flow pattern and mixing phenomena in alumina digesters
AA07 - Thermal areas synergy in an alumina refinery
AA08 - Effect of bauxite characteristics and process conditions on control of silica and phosphate in Bayer liquor
AA09 - Basic design criteria for agitators in alumina production
AA10 - Process simulation in VM-CBA alumina refinery
AA11 - Energy efficiency in alumina refineries - Combining hydrate filtration with alumina calciner
AA12 - Experience with particle breakdown in gas suspension calciners
AA13 - Fit for future – Design of the BOKELA boozer and spoker boozer disc filter
AA14 - Nalco CGMax ™: A tool for alumina yield improvement and product quality control
AA15 - Performance evaluation of CYFLOC® HF series – New dextran-based hydrate flocculants for the alumina industry
AA16 - The quality of alumina produced by the hydrochloric acid process and potential for improvement
AA17 - Redefining ‘scale of economy’ for stand-alone specialty alumina production capacities
AA18 - Processing of red mud by low temperature microwave hydrogen plasma for production of iron: An eco-friendly technology
AA19 - Drivers for seawater neutralisation of bauxite residue
AA20 - Impact of beneficiated seawater on red mud neutralization
AA21 - Sustainable solids – liquid separation in mining and mineral industry with solid bowl decanter
AA22 - New developments in red mud flocculation and control of solid/liquid separation
AA23 - Votorantim Metais/CBA bauxite residue: challenges and solutions
AA24 - Red mud turns from waste to raw material for cement industry in joint effort by JP Cement-Dalla and Hindalco-Renukoot
AA25 - Investigation of energy efficiency improvements in alumina refinery of Seydişehir ETI Aluminium Plant
AA26 - The importance of temperature control in caustic cleaning routines in a Bayer plant
AA27 - Caustic cleaning quality: Condition crucial to increased system availability in a Bayer plant
AA28 - Formation study and influence of tricalcium aluminate (TCA) on the polishing process of green liquor
CB01 - Petroleum coke shaft calcining technology - salient features of construction and production techniques
CB02 - Influence of calcination temperature and sulfur level on coke properties
CB03 - Strategy for sustaining anode quality amidst deteriorating coke quality
CB04 - Rhodax green anode plants - 10 years of success
CB05 - Role of anode manufacturing processes in net carbon consumption
CB06 - MIREA – An on-line real time solution to check the electrical quality of anodes
CB07 - Inspection of baked carbon anodes using acoustic techniques
CB08 - Crack detection method applied to 3D computed tomography images of baked carbon anode
CB09 - Retrofit opportunities in aluminum smelter using DIDION rotary thimble cleaning and carbon crushing equipment
CB10 - The STAS ASIS3D – The automated anode stub inspection system
AL01 - DX cell technology at 400 kA and beyond
AL02 - Amperage increase in DX potlines at EMAL
AL03 - Modelling and measurements to support technological development of AP60 and APXe cells
AL04 - 25 years of continuous improvements in TALUM smelter
AL05 - A practical, cost-effective solution to processing sodium reduction skimming station residue
AL06 - Alumina supply study for a smelter expansion
AL07 - Extended surface filter bags – applications and benefits
AL08 - Pneumatic conveying of alumina - comparison of technologies
AL09 - Embedded service robot: towards an automated, efficient and green smelter
AL10 - Evaluation of anode cover heat loss
AL11 - Millivolt Anodes and Cicero - new tools for better pot and potline control
AL12 - An approach to a sustainable aluminium smelter design
AL13 - Economic feasibility analysis of construction of high amperage aluminium smelters
AL14 - Current efficiency in laboratory aluminium cells
AL15 - A Cell Simulator for optimizing the operation practices and the process control
AL16 - Carbon dust in aluminum electrolysis pots - a vicious circle
AL17 - Influence of carbon dust in the electrolyte on aluminium electrolysis parameters
AL18 - Performances of green and eco-friendly ramming pastes in EGA pots
AL19 - Oxidation resistance and corrosion resistance of silicon carbide side lining
AL20 - Issues of spent carbon potlining processing
AL21 - A new aluminium electrolysis cell busbar network concept
AL22 - Impact of copper insert on low amperage aluminium reduction cell
AL23 - Storvik high conductivity anode yoke with copper core
AL24 - Anode design modeling for improved energy efficiency
AL25 - Studies on background PFC and current distribution using individual anode signals in aluminium reduction cells
AL26 - Measuring sulphur in the electrolyte of aluminium reduction cells
AL27 - Effects of electrolyte impurities on the current efficiency during aluminium electrolysis
AL28 - Recovery of impurities from secondary alumina by acid leaching
AL29 - Aluminum loss in KF-NaF-AlF3 based electrolyte
DS01 - Ignitable reactive Al-Ni-MexOy composite products by ball milling and ultrasonic powder consolidation
DS02 - Experimental assessment of the icosahedral phase of Al-Cu-Fe quasicrystalline alloy for enhanced solar absorption
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KN01 - Technology and innovation at Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA)

Authors: Ali Al Zarouni - Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA)

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