Analysis of industrial symbiosis potential inside iron and steel plant

Type: Master project in industry

Period: 2017 fall – 2018 spring

Project director: prof. François Maréchal

Assistants: Ivan Kantor, Hür Bütün

Presentation of the company

ArcelorMittal is the world’s number one steel company, with 260,000 employees in more than 60 countries. It has led the consolidation of the world steel industry and today ranks as the only truly global steelmaker with an industrial presence in 27 countries.

ArcelorMittal is the leader in all major global markets, including automotive, construction, household appliances and packaging.

ArcelorMittal Global R&D is spanning the Globe with 11 sites dedicated to research (operating in process, products, application and steel solutions) within 7 countries and more than 20 nationalities. Because quality outcomes and innovation spirit depend on quality people, we seek to attract and nurture the best people to deliver superior and innovative solutions to our customers.

Would you want to integrate a multicultural company with challenging missions and passionate people, ArcelorMittal is for YOU!

Context and objectives of the internship

Steelmaking is a resource intensive industry. Different ways of saving energy and material in our plants are being studied and implemented inside ArcelorMittal.  As in all efficiency approaches, we first optimize our processes , then reuse residual energy/waste inside our processes as much as possible but also consider options outside the plants. Finally, we are interested in analysing options for industrial synergies as part of an effort to collaborate within the industrial cluster surrounding the sites.

The objective of the training period is to perform heat integration and industrial symbiosis analysis on the ArcelorMittal Dunkirk and Fos-sur-Mer plants in the framework of industrial synergies.


The trainee will have to continue the work already done in this field at ArcelorMittal Global R&D and to gather more information on the existing material and energy streams in order to go further in the industrial symbiosis analysis.

In order to do that, the student will start by understanding the steel making processes and being able to describe each step of them and in case of need determining the missing data and seeking to complete them with the help of his/her supervisors. These data will be used to finalize and test the models of the sites (Dunkirk and Fos-sur-mer) and of the general steel sector profile.

As the streams are variable and fluctuating, the next step would be to determine the operating periods of time that represent the most the variability of these streams. This will be done using existing period identification algorithms. These periods and their relative data will be used to model the sites in the aim of determining potential industrial symbiosis for Dunkirk and Fos-sur-mer sites.

As a result to this work, the student will be able to determine industrial symbiosis potential for material and heat streams between the steel production plant and its neighbouring industrial plants.


At the end of his/her internship, the trainee should deliver a report and a presentation on the work carried during his/her training period and on the final results.