Itumeleng Thobadi, a senior engineer MINTEK and part-time master’s student at WITS University in South Africa, visited NTNU from May 20th to June 17th, 2017.
During her stay, she worked on characterisation of material for master’s studies.
In her own words: ‘The primary tasks for my post graduate project were to characterise taphole clays using the SEM and XRD, as well as to bake the taphole clays in different environments. We were trained on characterising equipment and had enough time to conduct SEM analyses on all samples by ourselves, which is usually not easy in South African Universities where the waiting list to use limited SEM and XRD equipment is very long. Conducting baking experiments in the alumina refractory tube furnace was familiar. The precision with which atmospheres are controlled in the furnaces at NTNU was the biggest lesson of the furnace experiments conducted and the furnace lab tours.’
Itu at her desk at SFI in Norway:
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