TPU Master’s Student Takes Silver at the World Competition for Young Scientists

Alina Orlova, a master’s student of Tomsk Polytechnic University, has won silver in the national stage of the world competition for young specialists, annually held by the Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining – IOM3 (Great Britain). She determined and presented the characteristics and composition of straight-run diesel.

The competition attracted students, PhD students, and specialists from specialized companies affiliated with IOM3 and partner companies, as well as the winners of the competition in Topical Problems of Subsoil Use, held by the Mining University of St. Petersburg and the UNESCO Center. They made reports on innovative technologies in mining, raw materials processing, and oil production.

The competition included two stages, held online. Firstly, a Russian-British commission, including scientists and industry representatives, selected the most promising projects in terms of their practical applicability. The key demand for admission to the online presentation was fluent English.

Alina Orlova won the silver medal of the competition. She presented the characteristics and composition of straight-run diesel. The student studied low-temperature properties of diesel fuels and mixtures of low-temperature additives: cloud point, cold filter plugging, and solidification. Alina identified the way the content of n-paraffins and aromatic hydrocarbons in diesel fuels improve the efficiency of low-temperature additives. This technology is designed to minimize excess consumptions of light fractions in the production of winter and Arctic fuels and to provide the use of heavy-oil and vacuum-gas paraffins.

Anton Khachkovsky, an expert of PJSC SIBUR and a TPU PhD student, made a report on How to Improve the Quality of Polypropylene Pipes.

“It was interesting to share the ways SIBUR, as part of the Chemical Engineering advanced training program at TPU, implemented a project to increase the efficiency of existing products through digital and technological tools that improved product quality and positively affected the company's environmental performance,” the young scientist says.