Some aspects of the control for the radial distribution of burden material and gas flow in the blast furnace

Anatoliy Golovchenko, Roman Dychkovskyi, Yuliya Pazynich, Edgar Caceres Cabana, Natalia Howaniec, Bartłomiej Jura, Adam Smolinski

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Abstract

The paper presents an experimental study on the formation process of burden surface texture on the blast furnace throat and its influence on the radial distribution of gas flow. The study was performed with the application of blast furnaces equipped with a bell-type charging device using radio-isotope means for the control of burden surface texture (profile) and burden surface level, i.e., gamma locators for burden surface texture. The study was carried out under the conditions of an operating blast furnace in an iron and steel plant using a unique GEOTAPS system for automated control of geometric and temperature parameters of burden material surface on the blast furnace throat. The influence of the surface texture on the gas flow distribution was also investigated. The possibility of a self-stabilization effect for burden surface texture and gas flow in an operating blast furnace under suitable conditions was experimentally proven. As a result of the experimental study performed, four ways of energy-saving technology implementation were determined for the control of blast furnace melting based on the data on the burden surface texture and previously unknown regularities of surface layer formation of burden material on the throat of an operating blast furnace with a bell-type charging device. The main idea of the paper is the development of automated control for the radial distribution of burden material and gas flow using actual or predicted surface texture parameters as important intermediate factors that both describe the process and have a significant simultaneous influence on it.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberen13040923
JournalEnergies
Volume13
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2020

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Keywords

  • Energy saving
  • Gas flow in blast furnace
  • Process efficiency

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