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Master Thesis - Development of the aging process

Apply for our master thesis to develop the aging process at Hydro Extrusion Sweden in Vetlanda.

People at Hydro Karmøy

Hydro is a fully integrated aluminium company working in the entire chain of processing from mining of raw materials to innovative aluminium solutions within the Hydro group with 35 000 employees across the globe, with their headquarters in Oslo, Norway. In Sweden, we work with aluminium profiles and we have the entire process chain from re-melting of scrap to extrusion and surface treatment, as well as manufacturing of components. Our customers are within Automotive, Building & Construction, Marine & Offshore among many others. We’re approximately 870 employees in Vetlanda and Finspång. The Swedish headquarter is in Vetlanda.

For the aluminium alloys used in extrusion, a heat treatment called aging is used to control the mechanical properties for the materials. During aging the material is heated up to temperatures between 150 to 200 °C and kept there for some hours. At Hydro Extrusion Sweden there are several different aging programs which are used to achieve different properties on the material.

Aging is one of the narrow sectors in our extrusion process and therefore there is a lot to gain from optimizing the aging programs that are being used to reduce the production time. A shorter aging time will also lead to a reduced energy consumption and thus, a smaller impact on the environment.

The assignment consists of investigating where we are at today and then, with research within the area, give suggestions on optimizations or new aging programs that optimizes the aging cycle with the same or improved quality. This also includes testing in lab scale as well as in full scale production. You will be a part of our Technical department where you will have support of experts in the area. The location will be in Vetlanda with travel to the factory as well as the R&D center in Finspång. There will be a possibility of planning and running the project yourself within the project parameters. The project is planned to start during the first quarter of 2021 and is expecting to be running for 6 months.

For this assignment, we would like you to study engineering- or master’s program with a major in metallurgy as well as an interest in production. You need to master both Swedish and English in both speaking and writing. Driver’s license, Swedish B-license, is meritorious. Send your application via e-mail with you resume and letter of intent. Help will be provided if you need it to find somewhere to stay during the project. If you have any questions about the project or application, please contact:

Oskar Altzar, Processingenjör Extrusion,
+46 383 941 96

We look forward to your application.

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