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IMPROVED DESIGN FOR GLASS SMELTING KILN.

Objective

THE OBJECTIVES ARE :

A) TO DEVELOP A COMPUTER CODE FOR THE SIMULATION AND DESIGN OF INDUSTRIAL GLASS KILN AND TO APPLY IT FOR ENGINEERING DESIGN OF GLASS MELTING KILNS.

B) TO CONDUCT A PROGRAMME OF EXPERIMENTS TO DETERMINE THE FLOW AND HEAT-TRANSFER CHARACTERISTICS IN THE GLASS MELTING KILN.

TO ACHIEVE THIS OBJECTIVE, COORDINATE EXPERIMENTAL PROGRAMME WILL BE CARRIED OUT IN THREE COUNTRIES (PORTUGAL, GERMANY, UNITED KINGDOM) AND THE RESULTS WILL BE USED TO GUIDE A FINAL EXPERIMENT PROGRAMME IN ONE OF THE FURNACES OF THE PORTUGUESE COMPANY, METAL. THE BASIS FOR THE NUMERICAL DESIGN PROCEDURE WILL BE PERFORMED IN LISBON AND FURTHER DEVELOPED IN THE THREE COUNTRIES.

THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE CALCULATION METHOD IS INNOVATED IN THAT NOVEL NUMERICAL PROCEDURES WILL BE REQUIRED TO DEAL WITH THE OXYGEN-RICH ATMOSPHERE AND WITH THE SUBSTANTIAL RADIATION. THESE DEVELOPMENTS WILL BE GUIDED BY EXPERIMENTS PERFORMED IN THE THREE CONFIGURATIONS, NAMELY A LOW TEMPERATURE SIMULATION OF A GLASS FURNACE, A COMBUSTING AXISYMMETRICAL FURNACE AND IN A FULL SCALE GLASS FURNACE. THIS OVERALL APPROACH IS TOTALLY NEW TO THE GLASS-FURNACE INDUSTRY.

THE RD WORK IS DIVIDED IN TO THE FOLLOWING STEPS :

- COMPUTER CODE DEVELOPMENT
- COLD FLOW TESTING
- BURNER TESTING
- KILN TESTING
- COMPARISON OF CALCULATED AND MEASURED RESULTS
- PROVISIONS OF NEW DESIGNS AND DESIGN METHOD.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE
Address
South Kensington Campus
London
United Kingdom

Participants (4)

Instituto Superior Tecnico
Portugal
Address

Lisboa
LABORATORIA NACIONAL ENGENHARIA E TECHNOLOGIA INDUSTRIAL (LNETI)
Portugal
Address

Lisboa
METAL PORTUGUESA SA
Portugal
Address

Lisboa
UNIVERSITÄT ERLANGEN
Germany
Address

Nürnberg