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MSc ETIA goes voestalpine Linz and meets experts

Study trip to „the cleanest steel plant worldwide“

On March 6, 2018 the tenth cohort of MSc ETIA students went on a study trip to Linz for visiting Voestalpine Linz. A city within the city of Linz with it´s own indoor harbour along the Danube.

After an interesting guided tour through „steel world“ with an overview on the process of steel production, the VOEST bus went to the blast furnace to see the procedure of tapping live: hot red iron lava flowing out with 1400 celsius degree. The raw materials needed for steel production are mainly transported by rail (500-600 wagons per day) or ship (along the river Danube).

The second stop featured diligent robot arms, which weighed and welded steel plates together. "The visit to the steel world and the plant premises’ tour of voestalpine AG in Linz was impressive, given the dimensions alone. Especially the process of discharging pig iron from the blast furnace has fascinated us! The fact that two environmental staff members took the time during an extensive lunchtime snack to answer the sometimes comprehensive questions concerning the environmental protection measures at the site, was also a special opportunity to enquire about the use of environmental technologies in a large industrial enterprise.“
(Sarah König, ETIA10)

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