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Innovative Separation Technologies for High Grade Recycling of Refractory Waste using non destructive technologies

Objective

Refractory products are a vital element in all high-temperature processes and represent a substantial global market. Reuse of refractory material has a high potential to reduce waste production and primary raw material consumption. To allow high-grade recycling and reuse of refractories, efficient separation of the different types of refractory materials based on their chemical composition, combined with an efficient removal of impurities, is essential. The aim of the ReFraSort project is to develop a new separation technology that enables automated sorting of coarse refractory material into pure material fractions under industrial conditions. The project will initially focus on the identification and sorting of 3 types of refractories and progress to up to 8 types of refractories used in the steel industry. Compared to the state-of-the-art, several challenges must be overcome. First of all, a reliable sensor for inline identification of refractory material in an industrial environment needs to be developed. In the project, the emerging LIBS (Laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy) technology will be developed to the requirements of automated refractory sorting, in combination with other identification and material pre-treatment techniques. The sensors will be integrated with an automated sorting equipment for coarse, heavy particles that is able to sort up to 8 material types. To ensure that the developed technology is adapted to the needs of the refractory producing and recycling industry, and to maximize its valorisation potential, clear boundary conditions such as quality criteria for separation, economic feasibility and environmental impact will be defined. Validation and evaluation of the technology will be done by integration and demonstration of the innovative sorting technology. The industrial application potential will be proven on industrial scale by the production and assessment of refractory material with a significant content of secondary raw material.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/analytical chemistry/spectroscopy
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/waste management/recycling
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/theoretical physics/particles

Call for proposal

FP7-ENV-2013-two-stage
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Funding Scheme

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Coordinator

VLAAMSE INSTELLING VOOR TECHNOLOGISCH ONDERZOEK N.V.
Address
Boeretang 200
2400 Mol
Belgium
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 432 872
Administrative Contact
Liesbeth Horckmans (Dr.)

Participants (6)

ORBIX PRODUCTIONS
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 262 902
Address
Henry Fordlaan 84
3600 Genk
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Olivier Malek (Mr.)
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 415 300
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Frixos Stavrou (Mr.)
RHEINISCH-WESTFAELISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE AACHEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 174 386
Address
Templergraben 55
52062 Aachen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Lars Weitkämper (Dr.)
LSA-LASER ANALYTICAL SYSTEMS & AUTOMATION GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 194 252
Address
Feldstrasse 40
52070 Aachen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Joachim Makowe (Dr.)
TRITEC METAL FEMIPARI ES MERNOKI SZOLGALTATO KFT
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 174 140
Address
Vacsi Hegy 26/C
6000 Kecskemet
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Alexander Stark (Mr.)
MAGNESITA
Germany
EU contribution
€ 93 029
Address
Itterpark 1
40724 Hilden
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Erwan Guéguen (Dr.)