Thesis story

Thesis projects are part of SSABs recruitment process. This opportunity allows you to get to know us at the same time that we get to know you. We publish open thesis opportunities on Job opportunities page. Read here three examples of a student's thesis story.

Amanda Lindblad

Amanda Lindblad, ex-employee at SSAB in Oxelösund

Why did you choose to write your degree project at SSAB?
First and foremost, I think it’s a very interesting organization that is also in a challenging phase of its journey where a lot is happening. I study product and process development at Mälardalen University and I am passionate about development in sustainability. I want to be part of this work going forward, and then saw SSAB as a very interesting organization.

Describe the topic of your thesis.
I’m creating flow simulation for Härdlinje 2, where I’m investigating the opportunities and challenges involved, and how the digital model can be further developed towards a digital twin of the entire line. This could make it easier to make decisions, create investment materials and make changes in the process.

What have you learned so far while writing your dissertation?
I’ve gained a much greater understanding of the current manufacturing process, where there is a risk of potential bottlenecks and queues. I’ve also begun to see how we, together with the development of Industry 4.0, could work further towards a more automatic process where, with the help of historical data, we can identify errors before they occur.

What has been the most challenging part so far?
I would probably say to delimit the project. Digitization and development of more digital tools in the manufacturing industry is very interesting.

Who is supporting you during the dissertation?
I get invaluable help above all from my supervisor at SSAB, but also the whole work team is very helpful and supportive, I really get to feel like one in the group. I also have a supervisor from the university, who helps me follow the school's requirements for the degree project.

What plans do you have for the future?
I want to continue working with development and digitization, and to be involved and contribute to a more sustainable society.

Doctoral research provides guidelines for properties of next generation of steels

Olli Oja, MSc (Tech), a product development engineer at SSAB Hämeenlinna, investigated the Correlation between the Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Intercritically Annealed Advanced High-Strength Steels in his doctoral dissertation.

The research showed that the composition and heat treatment combinations of certain high-strength, cold-formable steels can be used to balance the microstructure and formability properties for different purposes. The results led to a formability map which indicates the link between the formability type and the microstructure.

Olli Oja

"For customers, this can be seen by optimized formability and microstructural properties. The customers' products become lighter and complex parts can be more easily formed. Advanced steels help to reduce dependence on fossil fuels," Olli Oja says.

"My research focuses on silicon-and aluminum-alloyed high-strength, cold-formable steels, which are used particularly by
the automotive industry. The steels examined in the research are part of the advanced high-strength steels (AHSS) family.
The findings provide guidelines for the development of our future products and next generation steels," he adds.

You can read the doctoral dissertation here

Tiina Riskilä, Graduate Student at SSAB's Raahe mill

How did you end up doing your master thesis for SSAB?
I worked as a Development Engineer Trainee for the summer. Afterwards I was offered a possibility to write my Master Thesis for SSAB. I have studied process metallurgy at the University of Oulu, so SSAB was a natural choice.

Describe the subject of your thesis.
In my thesis I researched if it is possible to use coke fines and charcoal in coal blend and how they will affect the quality of the coke. I made small-scale coking experiments with different kinds of coal blends. Using coke fines in coal blend would raise the recycling rate which is indeed a good thing.

What steps did you do during this thesis writing process?
I learned a lot about the coking process and the phenomena of it. After making the research plan I did coking experiments and during the writing process I saw how the theory works in practice.

What was the hardest or most difficult part of the thesis process?
My subject was extensive, which made this a challenging project. Also staying on schedule was very important.

Who helped you and who did you work with?
My supervisors helped me at SSAB and at the university. I also worked with laboratory employees at the research center and the coking laboratory.

What are you future plans?
First I will graduate and afterwards I hope to I find a job!

Tiina Riskila