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REGAL Students Day 2020

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The 17th edition of the REGAL Student Day (JER) took place on November 5 and 6 via a virtual platform in response to the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

First of all, the Aluminum Research Centre – REGAL would like to thank its generous sponsors. Over the past few years, the JER has been growing at breakneck speed, becoming an increasingly popular event on the aluminum scene! Thanks to AAFC, AluQuébec | CeAl, Alcoa, Alouette, Centre de Métallurgie du Québec (CMQ), CQRDA, CRITM, Elysis, Hatch, ICSOBA, Metra Aluminium, Nespresso, Rio Tinto and Foundry Solutions.

The first day of activity was reserved for student conferences and posters. More than 150 participants were present to hear our graduate students highlight their research work: 6 shared their knowledge via a lecture and 56 others did so in the form of a scientific poster. In recognition of excellence, the JER Poster Competition provided 13 students with an award of excellence, all presented on behalf of one of the event’s sponsors. Of particular note is the participation of 24 reviewers, without whom the excellence of the students could not have been recognized.

The second day of activities consisted of a 5-part training session, where more than 130 people benefited from the knowledge of various experts in different fields. These experts came from the academic and industrial spheres: Monika Paape-Miyoshi (ÉTS), Lyès Hacini (AluQuébec|cela), Danick Gallant (NRC), Mansoor Barati Sedeh (University of Toronto) and Ferdinand Tchounkeu (Nespresso).

In addition, participants were invited to virtual networking events where student/researcher/industry exchanges were promoted.

Recipient of the award for the best 2020 conference: Luiz Felipe Leitao Martins (POLY)

Recipients of the JER 2020 Poster Grand Prix:
1st place: Chin Chieh Cheng (McGill)
2nd position ex aequo: Mohamed Qassem (UQAC) and Daniel Rodigues (UL)
3rd position: Peng Hu

JER 2020 Poster Award recipients: Zhen Li (McGill), Jovid Rakhmonov (UQAC), Marzieh Nodeh (UdeS), Olivier Lacroix (UL), Richard Naud (UdeS), Luiz Felipe Leitao Martins (POLY), Mahmoud Osman (McGill) and Ali Elashery (UQAC).

Our evaluators : Guillaume D’Amours (NRC_CTA), Michelle Adams (RioTinto), Julien Lauzon-Gauthier (Alcoa), Ramzi Ishak (Alcoa), Daniel Richard (Hatch), Erik Houle (CeAl-AluQuébec), François Audet (SF Solutions), Richard Menini (NRC), Mohammed Amraoui (SOVAR), Carl Duchesne (UL), Mario Fafard (UL), Kun Liu (UQAC), Khaled Ragab (UQAC), Duygu Kocaefe (UQAC), Daniel Marceau (UQAC), Lyne St-Georges (UQAC), Lukas Dion (UQAC), Mathieu Brochu (McGill), Paul Provencher (POLY), Charles-Philippe Lamarche (UdeS), Nicolas Giguère (CMQ) and Julie Lévesque (CMQ).

REGAL Students Day 2019

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REGAL Students Day 2019

The 16th edition of REGAL Students’ Day (JER) took place on October 8th and 9th at Laval University.

First of all, the Aluminum Research Centre – REGAL wishes to thank its generous sponsors, without whom the event could not be held in the current scale. In recent years, the JER has grown at a blistering speed, becoming an increasingly popular event on the aluminum scene! Thanks to AAC, AluQuébec | CeAl, Alcoa, Alouette, Quebec Metallurgy Center (CMQ), CRITM, CQRDA, Elysis, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Hatch, Metra Aluminum, Rio Tinto and ICSOBA.

The first day of activities was organized in partnership with AluQuébec and consisted of a 5-part training program, where more than 130 people benefited from the knowledge of various experts in the aluminum field. The latter came from academic and industrial spheres: Prof. Raynald Gauvin (McGill University), Pr. Carl Duchesne (Laval University), Prof. Geir Ringen (Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)), Prof. Laszlo Kiss (UQAC) and Dr. Nick Parson (RioTinto).

The next day, 190 participants were present to hear our graduate students highlight their research: 6 shared their knowledge through a conference and 62 others did so in the form of a scientific poster. In recognition of excellence, the JER Poster Contest allowed 14 students to receive an award of excellence, all given on behalf of one of the event’s sponsors. It is important to highlight the participation of 32 evaluators, without whom the excellence of the students could not have been recognized.

In addition, the participants were invited to networking events where student / researcher / industry exchanges were put forward.

Finally, it is essential to highlight the presence of a delegation from NTNU, where 13 students / professors were able to realize the wealth of research done by members of REGAL. It should be noted that the day before the JER was held the Summer School organized as part of the Norwegian-Canadian Partnership in Research and Education in Primary Production of Aluminum partnership (CaNAl).

Best Conference Award 2019: Asem Hussein (UL)

JER 2019 Poster Awards: Emma Sue Reichert (McGill), Ali Elashery (UQAC), Justin Plante (UL), Mohammad Kavand (UL), Daniel Rodrigues (UL), Redouane Farid (UQAC), Goril Jahrsengene (NTNU), An Fu (McGill), Satish Kumar Tumulu (McGill), Nicolas Wawrzyniak (Poly), Asem Hussein (UL), Bénédicte Robitaille (Poly) and Eileen Espiritu (McGill).

Our evaluators: François Audet (Solutions Fonderie), Kristian Etienne Einarsrud (NTNU), Alexandre Lavoie (CQRDA), Sofiene Amira (CQRDA), Julien Lauzon-Gauthier (Alcoa), Jayson Tessier (Alcoa), Marie-Hélène Martin (Alcoa), Guillaume D’Amours (CNRC), Lukas Dion (RioTinto), Daniel Richard (Hatch), Donald Picard (UL), Louis Gosselin (UL), Carl Blais (UL), Carl Duchesne (UL), Hicham Chaouki (UL), Zhan Zhang (UQAC), Khaled Ragab (UQAC), Kun Liu (UQAC), Guillaume Bonneau (UQAC), Emad Elgallad (UQAC), Mohsen K. Keshavarz (McGill), Raynald Gauvin (McGill), Étienne Pessard (Poly), Vincent Demers (ÉTS), Mohammad Jahazi (ÉTS), Nicolas Giguère (CMQ), Alexandre Bois-Brochu (CMQ), David Levasseur (CMQ), Mohammed El Amraoui (SOVAR), Julie Lévesque (CMQ), Ahmed Maslouhi (Université de Sherbrooke) and Florence Paray (McGill).

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Photos: Christian Desjardins & Valérie Goulet-Beaulieu

Meeting of the NSERC / Alcoa Industrial Research Chair

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On February 19, an important meeting took place between the members of the NSERC / Alcoa Research Chair on advanced modeling of electrolysis cells and energy efficiency (MACE3) and the industrial part (Alcoa). On the Laval University side, there were 4 professors involved, all REGAL regular members: Mario Fafard (Chairholder), in addition to Houshang Alamdari, Carl Duchesne and Louis Gosselin, all CRSNG-CRD projects holders linked to the theme of the Chair. Twenty-one students members also took part in this meeting, notably by presenting a scientific poster and 5 of them made a long presentation of their work. On the industry side, the presence of Mr. Nik Winjum (VP Aluminium Center of Excellence), Mr. Jean-François Cyr (VP Operation America) and about fifteen other participants. On the agenda, in addition to the student presentations, was a visit to the laboratories.

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Credit photo : Aluminium Research Centre – REGAL

Visit of Norsk Hydro

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On February 11th and 12th, the Aluminium Research Centre – REGAL hosted representatives from Norsk Hydro, a Norwegian multinational operating throughout the aluminum value chain. Their visit was part of a tour organized by the Ministry of the Economy and Innovation, with the objective of putting them in contact with various organizations in Quebec related to aluminum.

Mr. Johannes Aalbu, Vice-President and Head of Technology Development, and Mr. Hans Erik Vatne, Chief Technology Officer, were received at two REGAL institutions. On the one hand, at the Quebec Metallurgy Center, the discussions between the parties focused on the development of alloys and additive manufacturing. On the other hand, during their passage at Laval University, they had the opportunity to hear a presentation on how REGAL works and on the research done in connection with aluminum used in infrastructures (bridges).

Exchanges with various international actors related to the aluminum field is a priority for the Aluminium Research Center – REGAL. Indeed, creating links with these stakeholders is an important action for the centre, which helps to increase its influence and consequently, to consolidate the position of Quebec on the international aluminum scene, which is one of the objectives of the Québec’s Aluminium Development Strategy.

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Credit photo : Gouvernement du Québec

REGAL Students’ Day 2018

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The 15th edition of the REGAL Students’ Day (JER) took place on June 18 and 19 at McGill University, under the chairmanship of Dr. Florence Paray. The activities of the JER were held as part of the International Conference on Aluminum Alloys ICAA16 (2018).

The JER Poster Competition allowed 53 of our students to compete and 11 of them to receive an award of excellence on behalf of one of the sponsors of the event. The members were then invited to a networking evening where Mr. Vincent Christ, Elysis CEO, came to present the new company. The second day of the JER was reserved for the 6 student conferences and the training offered by Prof. Knut Marthinsen of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, entitled Thermomechanical processing of Aluminum Alloys.

During the day, more than 140 people from academic, industrial and research circles witnessed the quality of the research carried out at the Aluminum Research Center – REGAL, in addition to some 500 ICAA delegates.

The Aluminum Research Center – REGAL would like to thank the sponsors who made this event possible:

  • Ministère de l’Économie, la Science et l’Innovation
  • Association de l’aluminium du Canada
  • AluQuébec | CeAl
  • Alouette
  • RioTinto
  • Alcoa
  • Hatch
  • Dienamex
  • Metra aluminium
  • SAFI
  • CMQ

Six (6) Student Conferences were presented:

Polytechnique Alexis Nossovitch  Anti-microbial anodized aluminum to prevent legionella in cooling towers Prix AAC Meilleure conférence
McGill Frédéric Voisard  Low Energy EELS Analysis of Aluminium Alloys
ÉTS  Mohsen Marani-Barzani  Machinability and mechanical properties of Al-Mg2Si in-situ composite with bismuth or barium
UL Pierre Heugue Evaluation of the interfacial mobility of precipitates in Al-Cu cast alloys by calorimetric kinetic analysis
UdeS Mohamad Idriss Phenomenological study of the influence of the work-hardening type in the case of Instrumented Indentation and formability Nakazima tests
UQAC Farid Redouane Zirconium-based thin films for the corrosion protection of aluminum

Fifty-three (53) student posters were presented at the poster competition. Here is the list of JER 2018 poster award recipients:

Award Poster title
Alcoa Hadi Ghazanfari Comparative study on the wear behavior of Fe3Al-based HVOF coatings reinforced with in-situ and ex-situ TiC particles
Alouette Xiaoming Qian Effect of cooling rate and Mn on the Mg2Si precipitation during homogenization cooling of AA6060 alloys
AluQuébec Jose Alberto Muniz Lerma New Approaches to Characterize Metal Powders for Additive Manufacturing Applications: A Case Study on Aluminum Alloys
CRITM Simon-Olivier Tremblay in situ Investigation of Current Distribution in the Anode
CQRDA Louis Simoneau Tensile Properties and Microstructural Characterization of entirely built vs. repaired A357 specimens made by Directed Energy Deposition
Metra aluminium Olivier Lacroix Technico-economic analysis of cast iron free cylindrical collector bars with copper inserts
RioTinto Mohamed-Larbi Sentissi Review of vibration based VHCF testing methodologies
SAFI Nicolas Wawrzyniak Evaluating tensile properties and microstructure of an AlSi10Mg aluminium alloy manufactured by laser power bed fusion, using digital image correlation method
Axe 1 – Hatch Mohammad Kavand A Full Mass Transfer Model For Gasification Reactions Of Carbon Anodes
Axe 2 – Dienamex Léo Richard Mechanical caracterisation of low thickness FSWed dissimilar plates made of AA2198-T3 and AA2024-T3
Relève CMQ Jonathan Alarie Experimental measurement of alumina dissolution behavior


The awarding of these prizes is possible thanks to the financial support of our sponsors and the involvement of 21 evaluators. Thanks to our JER 2018 evaluators:

  • Nick Parson | RioTinto
  • Francis Breton | Rio Tinto
  • Jean-François Bilodeau | RioTinto
  • Patrice Tremblay | RioTinto
  • Caroline Durand | CQRDA
  • David Prud’homme | AluQuébec
  • Richard Menini | CNRC
  • Donald Ziegler | Alcoa
  • Jayson Tessier | Alcoa
  • Ahcène Bourihane | CRITM
  • Andre Felipe Schneider | Hatch
  • Daniel Larouche | UL
  • Augustin Gakwaya | UL
  • Yasar Kocaefe | UQAC
  • Sandor Poncsak | UQAC
  • Christian Mascle | Polytechnique
  • Frédérick Gosselin | Polytechnique
  • Ahmed Maslouhi | UdeS
  • Fouad Atmani | ÉTS
  • Chi-Cong Nguyen | ÉTS
  • David Levasseur | CMQ


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Elysis : A world’s first carbon-free primary aluminium smelting process technology to be developed in Canada
Rio Tinto and Alcoa are joining forces in a research and development joint venture located in the Saguenay

Montreal, May 10, 2018 – Rio Tinto and Alcoa, two large Canadian producers based in Quebec and members of the Aluminium Association of Canada, announced the creation of a new joint venture, with the support of the government of Quebec, the government of Canada and the company Apple, aimed at developing and marketing an innovative and revolutionary technology in the aluminium industry. This will, among other things, optimize production and eliminate all greenhouse gas emissions associated with the production of primary aluminium by electrolysis. The only output resulting from this new process will be oxygen.

“Through this alliance and this unprecedented combined effort, Rio Tinto and Alcoa are helping Canada’s aluminium industry to reposition itself as a global leader in low-carbon aluminium production. Combined with the use of hydropower, Canada’s future carbon-free aluminium production will re-define the sustainable production standard, while creating value in a low-carbon world”, said Jean Simard, President and CEO of the AAC.

The Canadian aluminium industry currently produces an average of 2.0 tons of CO2equivalent per metric ton of aluminium, which is already the lowest carbon footprint in the world.

“The financial implication of the federal and Quebec governments demonstrates their commitment to research and development in green technologies and the importance of Canada’s world class aluminium industry in the Quebec and Canadian economy. The research, to be done in the Saguenay region, will also contribute to the maintenance and development of a world-class expertise in Quebec,” added Jean Simard.

The AAC is proud to support its members in their innovation and development projects, and to continue to work for the global reach of the Canadian aluminium industry. 

About the Aluminium Association of Canada 

The Aluminium Association of Canada (AAC) is a non-profit organization representing three Canadian world-class aluminium producers: Alcoa, Alouette, and Rio Tinto operating ten smelters in Canada, nine of which are in Quebec, and employing over 8,000 workers.


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Jean Simard

President and CEO, Aluminium Association of Canada

Phone : 514-288-4842, ext. 225


Aluminium concerted action FRQNT : 4 projects

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Four projects were selected as part of the Programme de recherche en partenariat sur la production et la transformation de l’aluminium (2nd competition). REGAL is proud of the participation of these members in these projects.

Access to the details of the official FRQNT announcement

Additive manufacturing of copper aluminum alloy (FA-AAC)
Responsible : Mathieu Brochu (McGill University)
Collaborators : Alexandre Bois-Brochu (CTR), Carl Blais (UL)

Development of 6000 series extrusion alloys for the automotive industry for life protection systems for motorists
Responsible : Nicolas Giguère (CTR)
Collaborators : Bernard Tougas (CTR), Sofiene Amira (CTR), Alexandre Bois-Brochu (CTR), Carl Blais (CTR)

Increase in the productivity of semi-continuous casting of hardening alloys
Responsible : Daniel Larouche (UL)
Collaborator : X-Grant Chen (UQAC)

Sawed anode technology: optimization of the groove for degassing and mechanical behavior of the anode
Responsible : Seyed Mohammad Taghavi (UL)
Collaborators : Houshang Alamdari (UL), Mario Fafard (UL)

Aluminium concerted action FRQNT : 3 projects

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Three projects were selected as part of the Programme de recherche en partenariat sur la production et la transformation de l’aluminium (first competition). REGAL is proud of the participation of these members in these projects. The FRQNT has recently launched the second program competition (information).

Development of anodized aluminum surfaces with biocidal properties
Responsible : X-Grant Chen (REGAL-UQAC)
Collaborators : D. Sarkar (REGAL-UQAC), G. Soucy (UdeS) & N. Faucheux (UdeS)
Press release (only in French)

Structural optimization in the use of aluminum for road bridges
Responsible : Charles-Darwin Annan (REGAL-UL)
Collaborators : M. Fafard (REGAL-UL) & S. Amira (REGAL-CTR)
Press release (only in French)

Modeling, optimization and automation of shot blasting of aluminum aircraft wing liners
Responsible : Frédérick Gosselin (EPM)
Collaborators : Martin Lévesque (REGAL-EPM) and others
Press release (only in French)


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