Mathematical modelling has successfully been applied for various aspects of metallurgical processes. Nevertheless, due to all complexities in the processes, the design and operation of smelting furnaces are still to a large degree empirically based, and several process variations are not properly understood. Representatives from Eramet, Elkem and Alcoa have identified a knowledge gap concerning the effects of 3-phase alternating current, including how the associated power distribution governs the chemical reactions and temperature distribution. Strong interdisciplinary research is required to deal with this challenge. Best available model competence must be combined with world-class metallurgical competence, including extensive industrial experience.
Teknova has been awarded funding of a competency project in close cooperation with the above mentioned companies universities. The project will develop suitable mathematical models based on in-depth understanding of the industrial challenges. Appropriate mathematical equations will be developed and analysed, followed by numerical simulations. Our experience has shown that comparatively simple models will improve the understanding and reveal what needs to be further examined, by more detailed simulations and/or experiments. The project will also propose and follow up experiments for model validation.
The project will be linked to accompanying R&D activities in the companies with potentially large, step changing, metallurgical innovations.
The project is anticipated to build up new, relevant, competence for studying existing, modified, and new high temperature processes. The results will be generalized for generic/similar problems and then published. The project will thus contribute significantly to the open, national competency within metallurgy. Impact on the Norwegian metallurgical industry will be secured through close cooperation with SFI Metal Production.
Projedt manager is Dr. Svenn Anton Halvorsen, Chief Scientist, Modelling & Simulation, Teknova AS.