News and events

Project completion

The official date of completion of the project was November 30, 2014.

Final Project Meeting at CIEMAT Spain. 18-19 November 2014.

The final meeting of the project was held at CIEMAT headquarters in Madrid in November 2014. A total of 26 project participants (including one stakeolder) discussed the project status and the reporting tasks to be completed.

 

Final Project Meeting at CIEMAT Spain. 18-19 November 2014.

 

Testing the prototype at Vitkovice Steel in Ostrava, Czech Republic (October 29, 2014)

The PTB spectrometric prototype was successfully validated and demonstrated on October 29 at the Vitkovice Steel in Ostrava, Czech Republic. The testing team was composed by Oleksiy Burda and Frank Stephan (PTB), Karel Merta (head of the lab), Petr Bozek, Miluse Ciganova and Hana Sykorova from Vitkovice Stee and Jaroslav Solc, Ludmila Burianova and Jana Smoldasova from CMIl. Vitkovice Steel staff provided all necessary infrastructure and prepared some cast steel, slag samples for analysis with the prototype.

 

Testing the prototype at Vitkovice Steel in Ostrava, Czech Republic (October 29, 2014)

 

Testing the prototype at the GERDAU Steel Production unit in Basauri, Vizcaya (Spain) (October 15-17, 2014)

Testing the prototype at the GERDAU Steel Production unit in Basauri, Vizcaya (Spain) (October 15-17, 2014)

The second test of the CIEMAT measurement prototype was done at a steel mill in Basauri, near Bilbao, in Spain. The equipment was transported in a CIEMAT car to the steel mill together with a set of reference sources produced in the JRP. The testing team was composed by Eduardo García-Toraño and Virginia Peyres (CIEMAT) and AItziber Pagazaurtundua  and Emilio Hidalgo from GERDAU. GERDAU staff provided all necessary infrastructure and prepared in advance a number of samples from cast steel, slag and fume dust for analysis with the prototype. This was a great opportunity to discuss many practical questions with end users. Additional tests with a second prototype, built at PTB, are scheduled in other places in Europe

 

Testing the prototype at the GERDAU Steel Production unit in Basauri, Vizcaya (Spain) (October 15-17, 2014)

 

Testing the prototype at Siderurgia Nacional in Lisbon (Portugal) (September 15-18, 2014)

The CIEMAT measurement prototype was successfully tested at Siderurgia Nacional Seixal, near Lisbon, Portugal. The equipment was transported in a CIEMAT car to the steel mill together with a set of reference sources produced in the JRP. The testing team was composed by Eduardo García-Toraño and Marcos Mejuto (CIEMAT), Carlos Oliveira, Mario Capucho and Luis Portugal (IST-ITN) and Andrea Petrucci (ENEA). Ing.  Horacio Gomes from  Siderurgia Nacional Seixal welcomed the participants, provided all necessary infrastructure and prepared in advance a number of samples from cast steel, slag and fume dust for analysis with the prototype. This marks an important stage in the project as it proves the adequacy of the instrument to work in field conditions. Additional tests are scheduled in several places in Europe, with a second prototype, built at PTB, joining the test activities.

 

Testing the prototype at Siderurgia Nacional in Lisbon (Portugal) (September 15-18, 2014)

 

Project Presentation at 8 ICI in Chicago (August 24-28, 2014)

Every three years, an International Conference on Isotopes and Expo is organised to allow interdisciplinary exchange with colleagues from around the world. This year it was hosted by the American Nuclear Society and took place in Chicago. Two project members (the coordinator and a ESRMG) attended the conference, exhibited a poster and discussed many aspects with participants. This work was carried out by CIEMAT, ENEA, PTB and SMU.

 

Project Presentation at 8 ICI in Chicago (August 24-28, 2014)Project Presentation at 8 ICI in Chicago (August 24-28, 2014)

 

Presentations at IRRMA9 in Valencia (July 6-11, 2014)

The 9th International Topical Meeting on Industrial Radiation and Radioisotope Measurement Applications (IRRMA9) took place in Valencia, Spain, this year. Several project members attended the meeting and presented the following communications:

Interlaboratory comparison on 137Cs activity concentration in fume dust, by F. Tzika (JRC-IRMM) et al.

Characterization of a Radionuclide Specific Laboratory Detection System for the Metallurgical Industry, by J. Solc (CMI) et al.

Characterization of an ORTEC GMX45 HPGe detector with a multi-radionuclide volume source using Monte Carlo simulations, by A. Saraiva (IST-ITN) et al.

 

Presentations at IRRMA9 in Valencia (July 6-11, 2014)

 

Presentations at IRRMA9 in Valencia (July 6-11, 2014)

 

Project Meeting in Kosice (Slovak Republic) and visit to US Steel factory (13-14 May 2014)

Project participants met in Kosice (Slovak Republic) to discuss the project status and the tasks to be completed in the last 6-month period of the project. A visit to one of the largest steel factories in Central Europe (US Steel) was also organised by the guest organization, the Slovak Institute of Metrology (SMU). Project members were welcomed by the director of the quantometric laboratory and had the opportunity to visit the laboratory and to interchange information with staff.

 

 

Project Meeting in Kosice (Slovak Republic) and visit to US Steel factory (13-14 May 2014)

 

Project Meeting in Kosice (Slovak Republic) and visit to US Steel factory (13-14 May 2014)

Project Presentation at CAFMET in South Africa (March 31st- April 3rd 2014)

Every even year the African Committee of Metrology (CAFMET) -  organizes in Africa an international week of conferences on metrology. This year, the conference took place at CSIR (Council for Scientific and Industrial Research) International convention centre in Pretoria, South Africa. The project coordinador had an oral presentation with the title "Ionising Radiation Metrology for the Metallurgical Indiustry"

Project Presentation at CAFMET in South Africa (March 31st- April 3rd 2014)

 

Project Presentation at CAFMET in South Africa (March 31st- April 3rd 2014)

 

Project Meeting (26-27 November 2013)

Participants from National Metrology Laboratories, Designated Institutes, REG and a project collaborator from the industry (UNESID) met at CIEMAT headquarters in Madrid to hold a Project Management Board Meeting and a General Project Meeting. The 26 participants discussed the present situation and future tasks..

 

Project Meeting (26-27 November 2013)

 

Project presentation at an International metallurgical Symposium (24-25 October 2013)

A poster describing the status and perspectives of the project was presented at an International Metallurgical Symposium organised by PLATEA ( the Spanish Technological Platform for Steel), UNESID (the Spanish Association of Companies Producing Steel and Primary Steel Processing Products) and CENIM ( the Spanish National Center for Metallurgical Research). Two CIEMAT researchers attended the meeting.

 

Project presentation at an International metallurgical Symposium (24-25 October 2013)

 

Project presentation at an International metallurgical Symposium (24-25 October 2013)

 

Project presentation at ICRM 2013 conference (17-21 June 2013)

The coordinator presented an overview of the current status and main achievements of the project at the 2013 conference of the International Committee for Radionuclide Metrology in Antwerp, Belgium.

 

Project presentation at ICRM 2013 conference (17-21 June 2013)

 

 

Paper presented at a meeting in Cáceres, Spain (19-21 June 2013)

Dr. Marcos Mejuto, from CIEMAT, made an oral presentation at the joint meeting of the Spanish Societies of Radiation Protection and Medical Physics concerning the preparation of slag reference sources developed in this project.

 

Paper presented at a meeting in Cáceres, Spain (19-21 June 2013)

 

Project presentation at the Spanish Conference of Metrology (12-14 June 2013)

The project coordinador made a presentation at the Environment Session of the Congreso Español de Metrología in Madrid. The title was "Metrología de radiaciones ionizantes para la industria metalúrgica: el proyecto METROMETAL en el marco del programa europeo de metrología (EMRP)

 

Project presentation at the Spanish Conference of Metrology (12-14 June 2013)Project presentation at the Spanish Conference of Metrology (12-14 June 2013)

Intermediate Meeting (23-24 April 2013)

Partners met at Lisbon at the kind invitation of IST/ITN for a Project Management Board Meeting and a General Project Meeting. The meeting was attended by 23 participants from National Metrology Laboratories. Designated Institutes and a REG involved in the project. 

 

Intermediate Meeting (23-24 April 2013)

 

 

Project Meeting (20-21 November 2012)

A Project Management Board Meeting and a General Project Meeting have been held at CIEMAT on the 20th and 21th of November 2012. About 18 participants from National Metrology Laboratories, Designated Institutes aand a REG involved in the project discussed the present situation and future activities.

 

Project Meeting (20-21 November 2012)

 

MetroMetal extraordinary meeting (5 June 2012)

An extraordinary meeting of the project was held at CIEMAT in Madrid to appoint a new coordinator who replaces José María Los Arcos, who joins the BIPM. Eduardo García-Toraño, from LMRI-CIEMAT was elected by unanimous vote for the position. This was followed by a report of the Working Package leaders and a discussion of future activities.

MetroMetal extraordinary meeting (5 June 2012)

 

Kick-off meeting (10 to 12 January 2012)

The kick-off meeting of the MetroMetal project was held at CIEMAT headquarters in Madrid. About 20 participants from National Metrology Laboratories, Designated Institutes as well as industry representatives discussed the best strategy for project success.

 

Kick-off meeting (10 to 12 January 2012) Kick-off meeting (10 to 12 January 2012)