Natural gas burner for copper smelter converter

Stansbie, Clayton Harley (2004) Natural gas burner for copper smelter converter. [USQ Project]


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The aim of this project was to investigate the best scenario for designing and
installing a natural gas burner into the Peirce-Smith Converter. Initial data was
reviewed on practices of different heating processes used in other converters and
related devices. Development of heat balance models evaluated the heat losses
during the various heating stages, which was achieved by using a 1D analytical
analysis. The pattern of heat flow released inside the furnace for various burner
positions was also analysed with the CFD software package Fluent. This
information allowed for the optimisation and identification of the most
economical and effective position for placement of the new burner.
An off the shelf burner was then decided on as it complied with Australian Gas
Standard and was capable of handling the three different heating processes used
in the running of the converters. Insertion and retraction of the burner system is
outlined to achieve minimal downtime between roll outs as well, a maintenance
schedule has been addressed in this project as working with combined spaces and
explosive fuel can be a very dangerous combination.
With the placement of a natural gas burner the new converter furnace combustion
system will assist in the improvement of the furnace temperature control,
minimise the damage caused to the refractory which will inturn maximise the
refractory life, minimise environmental effects and lower fuel expenses saving
the company a considerable amount of money.

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Item Type: USQ Project
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:12
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:30
Uncontrolled Keywords: natural gas burner, Peirce-Smith copper smelter converter, 1D analytical analysis, Fluent software
Fields of Research (2008): 09 Engineering > 0913 Mechanical Engineering > 091399 Mechanical Engineering not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (2020): 40 ENGINEERING > 4017 Mechanical engineering > 401799 Mechanical engineering not elsewhere classified

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