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The project "Validation of simulation models of dust and gas ventilation for the design and self-control of iron and steel making shops" introduced a new approach for the design of fume evacuation systems in relation to the optimisation of workers' protection. The project team was composed of Spanish and French partners from the steelmaking industry (Sidenor and Usinor) and technical centres (Labein and LECES), which have long experience in the field of air pollution and environmental activities.

The project aimed at filling a gap in current computer simulation of predictive industrial ventilation by taking into account, particularly pollutant concentration, particle size, and density of aerosols.

The project followed a step-by-step process with mainly five phases and started with an overview of commercial computational fluid dynamics (CFD) codes and the pre-selection of two software tools. The second step led to the choice of different shops, to the definition of a strategy of measurement of diverse physical parameters and to the determination of boundary limits that were used to initialise the models for the retained shops. In the third step, computational modelling was ensured in using the selected CFD software. A validation of the results was made in the fourth step, after definition of measurement procedures of typical parameters in the field, and a comparison of computed and real values was realised. The project finished with the fifth step during which a proposal of a methodological guideline to be used by design and planning offices was supplied.

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Authors: SOWA L, LECES, Maizière-lès-Metz (FR);UNZALU E A, Labein, Bilbao (ES)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 20596 EN (2003), pp.111. Euro: 17.50
Availability: EUR-OP reference: KI-NA-20596-EN-S Available from EUR-OP sales agents URL:
ISBN: ISBN: 92-894-4822-9
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