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RUSAL Challenge: New Applications of Silica Fume

Award:  $15,000 USD
STATUS: Under Eval
Active Solvers: 156
Posted: Sep 05 2017
Challenge ID: 9934043
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Silica fume is a mixture of spherical particles used primarily in the production of concrete. As a large scale producer of silica fume, UC RUSAL believes that other industries could benefit from this material. Thus, UC RUSAL desires new applications for silica fume, which will be in demand in domestic or foreign markets. 

This Theoretical Challenge requires only a written proposal.


UC RUSAL produces large quantities of silica fume annually. Silica fume is used in the production of concrete mixtures as an additive to improve the strength of finished products. Other advantages include enhanced durability, increased abrasion resistance, and low permeability to chloride and water. Although silica fume has many applications in the construction industry, its chemical properties may be leveraged for other uses. Thus, UC RUSAL desires new applications for silica fume, which will be in demand in domestic or foreign markets. 

This is a Theoretical Challenge that requires only a written proposal to be submitted. The Challenge award will be contingent upon theoretical evaluation of the proposal by the Seeker. 

To receive an award, the Solvers will not have to transfer their exclusive IP rights to the Seeker. Instead, Solvers will grant to the Seeker a non-exclusive license to practice their solutions. 

Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on October 20, 2017. 

Late submissions will not be considered

NOTICE: Payment of Awards – the Seeker for this Challenge has additional Solver verification procedures. Please read carefully the respective sections in the Challenge-Specific Agreement for further information. 


RUSAL is a leading, global aluminium producer and one of the world’s major producers of alumina. The company was founded in 2000 and became the global aluminium industry leader in 2007. RUSAL operates in 13 countries on 5 continents. The company employs over 61,000 people across the globe. RUSAL’s assets include 11 aluminium smelters, 11 alumina refineries, 8 bauxite mines, 3 aluminium powder plants, 2 silicon factories, 2 secondary aluminium plants, 4 foil mills, 2 cryolite and 1 cathode plants. The company’s current capacity means it is able to produce 4.2 million tonnes of aluminium, 11.5 million tonnes of alumina and 90 thousand tonnes of foil per annum. The company’s key sales markets are Europe, Russia and the CIS countries, North America, South-East Asia, Japan and Korea. The major end users are transport, construction and package industries. RUSAL’s main products are primary aluminum, aluminium alloys, foil and alumina. The company has access to vast resources of raw materials and provides for the entire production cycle – from bauxite mining to the production of alloys. This enables RUSAL to be operationally flexible and provide the highest quality of products.

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