Sustainable Recycling Concept: Efficient Melting
Motiovation and Target
There is a permanent need for improvement of technological processes regarding energy efficiency and environmental sustainability. Within this project a collaborative network of researchers from university and the aluminium industry will work on topics to improve the recycling process of aluminium. One of the major targets is to develop a thermodynamics and CFD based model of aluminium recycling furnaces. This includes the understanding of liquid / gas reactions as well as the fluid flow and the thermal conditions during melting.
Main Research Topics
- Gas reactions (pyrolysis and combustion)
- CFD furnace model Combustion Heat Transfer
- Melt flow
- Reaction kinetics
- Phase change
- Dross formation related to scrap input/solid liquid interactions
- Dross formation depending on organic residues / gas liquid interactions
The international project consortium consists of four industry partners: Aleris, Constellium, Hydro, Trimet and two institutes of RWTH Aachen: Process Metallurgy and Metal Recycling IME and Industrial Furnaces and Heat Engineering IOB.