Conjugate heat transfer analysis evaluation of a water cooled component for use in an electric arc furnace

Rogers, S. (2013) Conjugate heat transfer analysis evaluation of a water cooled component for use in an electric arc furnace. [USQ Project]


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Pressure rings are key mechanical components of an electrode column in a smelting furnace. They operate inside the furnace, just above the raw charge within the furnace flame and hot gasses. Due to their working environment, a pressure ring is typically a water cooled component. Early furnace designs employed stainless steel cast segments that formed the pressure ring. In recent years the industry has moved away from the cast stainless steel pressure ring design to a manufactured wrought copper design. The fundamental differences between the cast stainless steel design and the manufactured copper design are the change in material, as well as the cooling water passage design. A cast passage can be optimally placed and shaped, whereas the manufactured pressure rings cooling passage is typically made of round straight drilled passages that are not always optimally placed due to manufacturing constraints. These key design differences were evaluated and compared using ANSYS FLUENT to conduct a conjugate heat transfer analysis on each design.

Having reliable simulations of existing components help design engineers develop new components in shorter time with improved performance characteristics by providing a tool to assist in understanding of the relationship of the variable design parameters on the performance of a specific component.

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Item Type: USQ Project
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering (1 Jul 2013 - 31 Dec 2021)
Supervisors: Mossad, Ruth
Date Deposited: 10 Apr 2014 07:00
Last Modified: 11 Apr 2014 06:14
Uncontrolled Keywords: analysis; conjugate heat transfer; water cooled component; electric arc
Fields of Research (2008): 09 Engineering > 0914 Resources Engineering and Extractive Metallurgy > 091404 Mineral Processing/Beneficiation
10 Technology > 1099 Other Technology > 109999 Technology not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (2020): 40 ENGINEERING > 4019 Resources engineering and extractive metallurgy > 401904 Mineral processing/beneficiation
31 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 3106 Industrial biotechnology > 310699 Industrial biotechnology not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): B Economic Development > 86 Manufacturing > 8611 Basic Metal Products (incl. Smelting, Rolling, Drawing and Extruding) > 861199 Basic Metal Products (incl. Smelting, Rolling, Drawing and Extruding) not elsewhere classified

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