EBIT Week a great success for Metallurgical Engineering

Posted on April 10, 2012

The Department of Materials Science and Metallurgical Engineering contributed to the EBIT Week activities by offering a presentation designed to communicate to prospective students what exactly metallurgical engineering is. This presentation was given on the Monday, and on Tuesday interested students were given an opportunity to visit the Department. 
During the visit to the Department, Prof Tom von Moltke and Mr Carel Coetzee introduced the visitors to the wonderful properties of materials and demonstrated to them how one can determine the authenticity of a R5 coin by using the scanning electron microscope at the IMMRI (a division within the Department).

Mr Carel Coetzee (far back) and Prof Tom von Moltke (right) with prospective students

Rossouw van Eeden, a final-year student in Metallurgical Engineering, demonstrated how the strength of a metal can be altered by changing its structure, and Charl Human, a master’s student, explained and demonstrated the process of cementation to remove the copper from a solution.

Rossouw van Eeden (left, with check shirt) 

Finally, the prospective students were treated to a visit to the newly revamped minerals processing laboratory where Annelize Fouchee, another master’s student, introduced them to froth flotation.
Annelize Fouchee (left, wearing lab coat)

On the last day of the week, the students were taken to Mogale Alloys in Krugersdorp, where two of the senior metallurgical engineers, Dewald Swanepoel and Marius Oosthuizen, who both graduated from UP in 2008, escorted them through the plant and explained the life and work of a metallurgical engineer.

Mr Marius Oosthuizen (left) talking to the students at Mogale Alloys

Students experience a tap from a furnace for the first time at Mogale Alloys

Feedback from the prospective students was very encouraging and the team is looking forward to hosting the second EBIT week in winter of 2012.  

Prospective students at Mogale Alloys (Tsegofatso, front right, is a second-year student.)
Back: Mr Dewald Swanepoel, Senior Engineer at Mogale, and William le Roux from the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgical Engineering at UP
For more photos taken during the EBIT Week, please follow the link to our Facebook page.

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