Steel, material flows, and globalisation: by-product optimisation and waste management in today's steel industry

MacKillop, F. (2012) Steel, material flows, and globalisation: by-product optimisation and waste management in today's steel industry. Revue de Métallurgie, 109 (3). pp. 139-147. ISSN 0035-1563

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This paper addresses issues of material flows in a selection of modern steel plants, especially the generation of wastes, from a social sciences perspective. I analyse key factors structuring waste management decisions through the case of 'problem' wastes arising at a steel company’s plants. I discuss how some materials come to be construed as more problematical than others from a material and technological point of view, but also by taking into account organisational and legislative issues, in order to show that the construction of the 'waste' category needs to be envisioned as resulting from a matrix of socio-material causes.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Accepted version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. English title: International Journal of Metallurgy This paper originally delivered at the SAM2 Conference in Nantes, France, in April 2008
Faculty / Department / School: Current - USQ Other
Date Deposited: 28 Apr 2013 03:42
Last Modified: 22 Aug 2014 05:34
Uncontrolled Keywords: waste; steel industry; material flows; modern steel plants; socio-material; problem waste
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0910 Manufacturing Engineering > 091006 Manufacturing Processes and Technologies (excl. Textiles)
09 Engineering > 0907 Environmental Engineering > 090703 Environmental Technologies
09 Engineering > 0910 Manufacturing Engineering > 091005 Manufacturing Management
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 86 Manufacturing > 8698 Environmentally Sustainable Manufacturing > 869804 Management of Solid Waste from Manufacturing Activities
B Economic Development > 86 Manufacturing > 8611 Basic Metal Products (incl. Smelting, Rolling, Drawing and Extruding) > 861103 Basic Iron and Steel Products
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1051/metal/2012013
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/21281

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