Worldsteel announced that the Regional Championship took place online for 24 hours on 25 November 2020. This year’s steelChallenge attracted over 1200 participants representing more than 50 companies and about 90 academic institutions from 27 countries. There were over 10,700 attempts with the combined electric arc furnace steelmaking and secondary steelmaking simulation, with 6,119 successful runs completed. The top-placed people in the ‘Industry’ and ‘Student’ categories will be invited to the World Championship in April 2021. Also qualifying for the World Championship are the first-placed people in each of the five regions. All Finalists will be awarded certificates and cash prizes. The World Champions in both categories will also be awarded a World Champion certificate, an additional cash prize and the steelChallenge trophy.
steelChallenge-15 utilised steeluniversity’s secondary steelmaking and continuous casting courses in a combined simulation. Competitors were tasked to produce a grade of steel meeting technical requirements at the lowest cost per tonne. The simulation used a grade of steel specifically designed for steelChallenge-15. Competitors could undertake unlimited ‘runs’ of the simulation during the 24-hour competition period. A ‘run’ was concluded when the simulation had completed the set time, the result had been registered in the competition database, and the competitor had received a confirmation of successful completion. The best ‘run’ of each competitor was to determine their score and placement in the Regional Championship.
The World Championship Finalists are
Andre Massaccesi Guimaraes , University of Westminster
Darley da Silva Lima, Universidade Federal do Ceará Americas
Abdelrahman Hosny Gomma, Abu Dhabi Univeristy
Zhihao Zheng, Wuhan University of Science and Technology
Kwon Ik Hwan, Dong-A University
Alexander Nesmeev, TMK
Bruno Galdino Sousa, Companhia Siderúrgica do Pecem
Uday Kumar Bhakat, Tata Steel Limited
Xiaowei Shi, HBIS Group
Jungho Choi, POSCO
steeluniversity is the education and training programme of the World Steel Association, delivering education and training to current and future employees of steel companies and related businesses. steelChallenge-15 is sponsored at the ‘Steel’ level by HBIS Group and POSCO. JSW Steel is a ‘Gold’ sponsor. Emirates Steel, Gerdau, Korean Iron and Steel Association, Tata Steel Limited, Tenaris, and Ternium are ‘Silver’ sponsors. JFE Steel Corp and Materials Processing Institute are ‘Bronze’ sponsors.