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Advanced THermomechanical mOdelling of Refractory linings

Advanced THermomechanical mOdelling of Refractory linings

Objective

Refractories are heat-resistant materials used as inner linings of high temperature furnaces, reactors and processing units. ATHOR (Advanced THermomechanical multiscale mOdelling of Refractory linings) is an innovative, collaborative and interdisciplinary project that brings together 6 academic beneficiaries and 8 private partners. The main objective is to develop high-end engineering technologies in material engineering and numerical simulations thanks to an intensive cooperation between academia, raw materials suppliers, refractory producers and end-users. Starting from material characterization, all significant properties will be investigated, including fracture behaviour, tension and compression creep behaviour, corrosion and thermal shock resistance. The interdisciplinary aspects will be addressed thanks to a multiscale approach looking at the influences of micro-, meso- and macro-characteristics on each other. To conduct their research and interlink the different topics, the 15 recruited researchers will take advantage of the most sophisticated numerical tools to model, design and predict the life of different lining configurations in critical operation conditions.
The current financial situation of the European steel industry urges the producers to dramatically reduce their production costs. This project is expected to substantially contribute to find solutions through the design of more robust and more reliable refractory linings. Not only the total cost of refractory materials is then reduced, but the equipment’s availability and the process control are improved. In addition to the large energy savings that meet the industrial partner’s interests, the project will help to reduce the environmental impact of high temperature processes.
The ATHOR network is deeply committed to provide a combination of research and training activities which will support and enlarge the initiative of the Federation for International Refractory Research and Education (FIRE).
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITE DE LIMOGES

Address

FranÇOis Mitterrand 33
87032 Limoges

France

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 788 626,80

Participants (5)

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AKADEMIA GORNICZO-HUTNICZA IM. STANISLAWA STASZICA W KRAKOWIE

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 448 274,88

RHEINISCH-WESTFAELISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE AACHEN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 747 649,44

MONTANUNIVERSITAET LEOBEN

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 511 868,16

UNIVERSITE D'ORLEANS

France

EU Contribution

€ 525 751,20

UNIVERSIDADE DO MINHO

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 715 069,08

Partners (8)

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ALTEO GARDANNE

IMERYS TC SAS

MAGNESITA

PYROTEK

RHI

SAINT-GOBAIN CENTRE DE RECHERCHES ET D'ETUDES EUROPEEN

TATA STEEL IJMUIDEN BV

FIRRE

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 764987

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 October 2017

  • End date

    30 September 2021

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.3.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 737 239,56

  • EU contribution

    € 3 737 239,56

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITE DE LIMOGES

France