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Daniel Richard

Subject Matter Expert – Aluminium Processing at HATCH

Speaker Biography:

Daniel is an aluminium reduction technology specialist with more than 20 years of theoretical and practical experience of several aspects of the Hall-Héroult process and smelter operations ranging from process control of the cells to lining design. He is also a specialist in nonlinear Finite Element Analysis (FEA) of multiphysics problems, particularly of aluminium reduction cells, which was the subject of his PhD thesis. His experience includes several feasibility studies for brownfield expansions and greenfield smelters, due diligence appraisal of aluminium smelters and reduction cell technologies, reduction technology selection studies, smelter debottlenecking, amperage creep, cell heat balance, and smelter operations support projects around the world. He was notably involved as a technical specialist in pot busbars emergency repairs, potline busbars forced cooling, potline electrical insulation replacement and upgrade, potline shutdown readiness, magnetic compensation loops, cell-to-cell and potroom-to-potroom bypass bridges, test sections and booster circuits. Daniel holds three patents and has authored or co-authored more than 20 technical papers. An Associate at Hatch, he is the Subject Matter Expert (SME) for aluminium reduction in our Center of Excellence for Aluminium, and since late 2018, he also manages the Hatch Saguenay office.

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