For the twelfth time, Maschinenfabrik Gustav Eirich together with ECREF European Centre for Refractories gem. GmbH will present the Gustav Eirich Award (GEA) at the International Refractories Colloquium ICR in Aachen. Three dissertations or scientific papers on refractories-related topics from the last two years will be awarded. With the GEA, the engineering works and ECREF aim to promote young academic talents from all over the world. This year‘s winners have completed their doctorates at universities from Germany, Poland and France.
The international jury from Germany, France, Austria, Poland, Spain and the USA awarded prizes to the following entries:
1st place: Dr. Johannes Kasper – University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany. “Setting models for PCE-dispersed and CA-cement-bonded refractory castables”: The work addresses important fundamental investigations to better understand the behavior of refractory concretes during setting. The new knowledge has been transferred to the refractory industry, leading to the development of more durable refractory linings.
2nd place: Dr. Diana Vitiello – Université de Limoges, France.
3rd place: Dr. Jakub Stec – AGH University of Science and Technology, Poland. “3D pore structure and infiltration resistance of micropore carbon materials”: This practice-oriented paper deals with the behavior of carbon bricks in the blast furnace. The refractory materials installed in the frame of the blast furnace are subjected to the highest stresses and ultimately determine the length of a blast furnace journey.
The winners will receive prize money of € 3000, 2000 and 1000.
The ECREF European Centre for Refractories gem. GmbH as a science-supporting institution of the German Refractories Industry e. V. (DFFI) has set itself the goal of promoting young academics with this excellence competition.
“An important impulse is to transfer new knowledge into application and into the refractories industry. The refractories industry worldwide faces the challenge of accompanying the green transformation of the process industry. This can only succeed on the basis of research, innovation, knowledge and transfer, i.e. application of the new knowledge,” said Dr. Christian Dannert, Managing Director of ECREF.
For the Gustav Eirich Award 2022, applicants can submit dissertations as well as independent scientific work, such as post-doctoral theses or post-doc activities, until June 30, 2022. The completion of the work must not be more than two years ago.