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 Expert  727310

Expert in Pyrometallurgical Processes, Ferroalloy Smelting, AC-DC-Induction-Cupola Faces

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

South Africa
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Summary of Expertise:

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Expert has applied his metallurgical engineering background to design novel processes, optimize energy consumption and efficiencies in smelter plants, resource evaluation and techno-economic modelling of metallurgical operations. He has developed custom process flow diagrams to utilize mineral resources that otherwise were dormant, developed new operating procedures, introduced new additives and different slag and metal chemistries to improve the efficiencies and reduce electrical energy consumption in metallurgical plants, introduced different furnace technology in the making of ferrosilicon and in slag recycling.

basic slag




energy auditing


energy consumption


energy efficiency


energy-efficient additive


metal freezing/melting point


metal recovery


metal refining






phase equilibrium


process metallurgy















Show Secondary and Basic Areas of Expertise

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
1997   PhD.   Metallurgical Engineering   University of the Witwatersrand  
1993   MSc.   Metallurgical Engineering   University of the Witwatersrand  
1985   BSc.   Metallurgical Engineering   Middle East Technical University  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Title   Responsibilities

2009 to




Chief Consulting Engineer


New process development, resource evaluation, project start-ups.

2008 to 2009


Proudfoot Consulting Africa (Pty) Ltd


Lead Energy Specialist


Develop methods and implement strategies to realise benefits from energy saving in smelter plants. Design and implement shift time schedules, hourly controls, time motion studies, behavioural models, shift transition agendas, and SLA's between the various departments in the plant.

2004 to 2008


MetX Process Metallurgy (Pty) Ltd


Managing Director


Developed the business model and the technology to produce ferrosilicon in a shaft furnace. The plant consisting of a pilot scale shaft furnace as the smelting unit complete with raw materials storage and feeding, water cooling system, molten metal and slag handling, quality control and off-gas handling was designed and built by the author. Responsibilities included all aspects of running a business; marketing, operations, financial, HR and labour relations, HS&E, procurement and all aspects of engineering applications related to building and running a pilot smelter plant.

2000 to 2004


Sublime Technologies (Pty) Ltd


Technical Director


Co-founder; key responsibilities included research and development of the silicon carbide manufacturing technology, plant design and erection, and marketing of silicon carbide in ferroalloys industry by implementing MAXRED Technology that was developed and patented by the author.

1997 to 2000


Pyromet Technologies (Pty) Ltd.


Process Engineer


Developing PFD's, technical and economic modelling, bankable feasibility studies, plant commissioning, trouble shooting, plant optimization, HAZOP studies, customer interfacing, interface with design engineers, technical support to marketing in South Africa and internationally.

1990 to 1997


University of the Witwatersrand


Rsearch Assistant


Research and development on the kinetics of chromite reduction in alloys and slags of the type used in direct stainless-steelmaking. PhD and MSc degrees were awarded after submitting two thesis on the subject.

1987 to 1990


METAS Steel and IDC Iron & Steel


Quality Control Engineer


Raw materials and quality control engineer for two electric arc furnaces producing 500,000 tons per annum of carbon steel.

1985 to 1987


1013. Jeep Factory


Quality Control Engineer


Quality control and quality assurance in the foundry and heat treatment divisions in the plant manufacturing automotive and truck spare parts and weapons.

Career Accomplishments:

SAIMM (South African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy), SAIF (South African Institute of Foundrymen)

Publications and Patents Summary

He has 3 publications and 1 patent.

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - Metallurgical and Materials Transactions B  
 - International Ferro Alloy Congress, International Ferro-Alloys Conference  

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International Experience:
Years   Country / Region   Summary
1996 to 1997   USA   Process Engineer in the commisioning of a 10 MW DC arc furnace to produce fused alumina from spent catalyst.
1999 to 1999   Chile   Process Engineer in preparation for Enami copper smelter project in collobaration with Kwaerner metals.
2002 to 2002   India   Marketing of silicon carbide and MAXRED technology to ferreoalloy and steel producers.

Language Skills:
Foreign Language  

Additional Skills and Services:
Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

Sourcing of ferrous and non-ferrous castings, machine parts, custom made medical implants.


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