Postgraduate Certificate in Light Metals Reduction Technology (PGCertLMRTech)

Enrolment is Now Open!


Dates:                    30th October to 16th November 2016
Course Venue:       Yas Island Rotana and Centro Yas Island Conference Room, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Plant Visits Venue: Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) at its Al Taweelah (Emirates Aluminium) and Jebel Ali (Dubai Aluminium) sites, United Arab Emirates


This program aims to teach advanced concepts in chemical and materials engineering specific to light metals reduction technology, especially aluminium. The programme content draws on recent advances in technology and leading edge research and uses experts from academia and industry as lecturers and tutors. The postgraduate certificate covers the complete process of aluminium production from raw materials to final products, with a strong practical and plant-based focus. This program features a mixture of lectures, assignments, projects, tests and field trips which have all been designed to promote a better understanding of smelting fundamentals and practices. The program covers the fundamentals of aluminium production, alumina, cell design, operational practices, smelter control, anodes, environmental control and emissions and casthouse operations. The four papers that make up the PGCertLMRTech are:
  • CHEMMAT 717: Electrochemical Engineering- thermodynamics of aluminium electrolysis; heat and mass balance; components of the cell voltage; anode effect and its mitigation, resistance and voltage tracking; cell magnetics and magnetic modelling.
  • CHEMMAT 718: Aluminium Reduction Process Operations -monitoring overall aluminium cell performance – what are the appropriate parameters to measure, how are they measured and how are they used for process control. Optimising cell performance, scheduling of operations, dealing with process excursions, metal treatment and quality. Novel cell designs.
  • CHEMMAT 726: The Light Metals Industry- an overview of the light metals, Ti, Al and Mg, their chemistry, metallurgy and processing. It also deals with trends in the global light metals productions and users, recent advances in extending applications for these materials and environmental issues in their production.
  • CHEMMAT 727: Materials Performance and Selection for Light Metals Processing- the performance requirements of anodes, cathodes, cell refractories and other aluminium cell construction materials are assessed. Techniques for monitoring materials performance in operation and post operation (autopsies) are discussed. This course also covers current and new materials specifications, how well they predict performance in the aluminium cell as well as the relationship between the fabrication of the cell components and their performance.



Enrolment for this course is now open. Please fill out and return by email the reverse Expression of Interest form to start the enrolment process to




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