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JUN 2018

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Tenova / Techenomics the asia miner • volume 15 • issue 2 43 SUPPLIER NEWS: Tenova / Techenomics Tenova, together with 12 leading industrial and research stakeholders from the wider steel value chain across Europe, will cooperate to implement soluƟons for and in the EU steel industry under a newly independent enƟty – the European Steel Technology Plaƞorm (ESTEP) AISBL. The legal establishment of ESTEP as an internaƟonal non-profit organisaƟon under Belgian law was announced by Klaus Peters, Secretary General of the new organisaƟon, on 26 March 2018. ESTAP's mission is to engage stakeholders in collaboraƟve acƟons and projects on technology and innovaƟon, tackling EU- wide steel innovaƟon challenges in order to create a sustainable European steel industry. These challenges include digiƟsaƟon, fostering a low-carbon future for industry, the circular economy, and resource and energy efficiency. The 13 founding members are EUROFER, ArcelorMiƩal Maizières Research, Dillinger, Outokumpu, Tenova, Rina ConsulƟng – CSM, Swerea, Tata Steel Nederland Technology, Thyssenkrupp Steel Europe, voestalpine Stahl, VDEh – BFI, Jernkontoret, and SalzgiƩer. ESTEP has already a track record of success over a number of years, during which it has operated under the umbrella of the European Steel AssociaƟon (EUROFER). Tenova CEO Andrea Lovato stated that the company decided to be one of ESTEP's founding members of because Tenova believe that, as provider of innovaƟve and sustainable soluƟons, the company can bring a valid contribuƟon to the aƩainment of the new organisaƟon's strategic mission. "CollaboraƟon among mulƟple stakeholders creates synergies to further step up the efforts towards a sustainable EU steel industry", she said. Tenova's strong commitment to support ESTEP in enhancing innovaƟon and sustainability across the industry was confirmed by the appointment of Roberto Pancaldi, Tenova Metals CEO, to the Board of Directors – together with Axel Eggert (EUROFER), Carl De Maré (ArcelorMiƩal) and Eva Sundin (Swerea). "It's an honour to be granted a seat on the Board. I really appreciate the acƟviƟes that ESTEP has been carrying out over the years, and I am confident that Tenova's commitment and posiƟve aƫtude at cooperaƟng will be an asset to the organisaƟon", said Mr. Pancaldi. Soot is harmful to engines, and if leŌ to accumulate it will impact producƟvity. Techenomics' oil analysis and fluid management experƟse is an important instrument in overcoming soot build up. At excess levels, soot causes abrasion and high wear in engines and mechanical components. If it forms clumps, it can result in valve train, ring and liner wear. It can also thicken the oil and increase viscosity, which inhibits oil flow. Techenomics' oil analysis ascertains how much soot is present. By trending the analysis results over Ɵme, Techenomics can point to the cause of the soot build-up. Soot is most commonly formed from the incomplete combusƟon of a hydrocarbon and is a parƟcular problem with many diesel engines. Techenomics CEO Chris AdseƩ says there are some aspects about the impacts of soot that need further invesƟgaƟon and, subsequently Techenomics is developing improved analysis and treatment techniques. Techenomics' technology and product development manager Eka Karmila says it appears the adsorpƟon of soot on metal surfaces prevents the adsorpƟon of anƟ-wear addiƟves and their subsequent decomposiƟon to form anƟ-wear films. "Soot can also adsorb anƟ-wear addiƟves in the oil phase, reducing the concentraƟon of the addiƟves in the lubricant. Consequently, less anƟ-wear addiƟve is adsorbed at the contact interface. "In some studies, it has been suggested that soot in the oil can accumulate at the contact inlet, restricƟng oil supply to the contact. The absence of a lubricant film at the contact results in high wear due to the metal-on-metal contact," said Eka Karmilla. "It is believed that soot increases wear through directly abrading the metallic parts of the engine or by abrasion of anƟ-wear tribofilms formed on surfaces. "Removal of the anƟ-wear tribofilm exposes the underlying metallic surface to wear." Chris AdseƩ says these are the types of issues that the company's research and development work is striving to address. "Solving these soot issues will give clients beƩer life from their oil, thereby improving fuel consumpƟon and prevenƟng costly equipment maintenance or even breakdowns", said Mr AdseƩ. Tenova is founding member of the European Steel Technology Platform (ESTEP) AISBL Techenomics solving engine issues caused by soot

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