Effect of batch initial velocity on the glass furnace efficiency

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Authors

  • Nasim Soleimanian
  • Mark Jolly
  • Karl Dearn
  • Oliver Brinkman
  • William Brinkman

Colleges, School and Institutes

External organisations

  • Cranfield University
  • GLASSWORKS HOUNSELL LIMITED
  • Glassworks Hounsell Limited

Abstract

Glass manufacturing is a heat intensive process. There is a direct correlation between the batch distribution techniques and the furnace energy consumption, productivity, and quality of the glass manufactured. All four major segments (float, container, fibre, and specialty glasses) would benefit from using an optimised batch distribution technique where possible. Oscillating batch chargers (OBC) have been in use since the early 70s, despite their superior batch shape, coverage, and in turn positive effects on the energy consumption and productivity of the furnace they are almost exclusively used in container glass manufacturing. The OBC's main difference compared with other charging methods is its ability to directly influence the batch initial velocity. This paper reports on results achieved in CFD models (GFM) used to study effect of the machine on the overall energy consumption in the doghouse and the melt space.

Details

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTMS Annual Meeting
Publication statusPublished - 10 Jan 2014
EventEnergy Technology 2014: Carbon Dioxide Management and Other Technologies - TMS 2014 143rd Annual Meeting and Exhibition - San Diego, CA, United Kingdom
Duration: 16 Feb 201420 Feb 2014

Conference

ConferenceEnergy Technology 2014: Carbon Dioxide Management and Other Technologies - TMS 2014 143rd Annual Meeting and Exhibition
CountryUnited Kingdom
CitySan Diego, CA
Period16/02/1420/02/14

Keywords

  • Batch initial velocity, CFD, Energy efficiency, Glass furnace, Oscillating batch chargers