Simulation of Continuous Steel Casting

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The Enterprise

Ergolines is committed to developing cutting-edge technologies for the steelmaking industry, with its main focus on continuous casting, where liquid steel becomes a solid mechanical structure. Ergolines has developed a wide range of products specifically designed for the production of specialty steels, which are then personalized for each individual customer. It is this custom-made approach that makes Ergolines unique in its market and guarantees tailor-made solutions, extreme design flexibility and personalized engineering.

 

How HPC makes the difference

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HPC-based simulations have provided Ergolines with hey insights into the physics of the system

This success story is an outcome of Fortissimo project(*).

Dedicated HPC-based simulations have provided Ergolines with key insights into the physics of the system and into different ladle-emptying mechanisms. As a result, it has been possible to establish a correlation between the shroud vibrational signal and the fluid dynamics of the system. The results obtained constitute the basis for the development of an innovative slag monitoring technology based on vibrational analysis, which would significantly contribute to both better occupational safety and greater productivity of steel plants.

Given the complexity of the phenomenon to be simulated, a very fine discretization in terms of geometry and time is needed in order to obtain accurate results. Such a fine discretization involves a significant computational load and therefore requires adequate computational capabilities. The use of such an HPC resource can contribute to a significant reduction in time to market and improved product design. The results attained by the HPC-based fluid-dynamic analysis set the stage for the development of a new product for automatic slag detection in steel continuous casting, a promising technology envisioned to bring significant benefits to the end-users both in terms of occupational safety and productivity of steelworks.The ability to detect slag while it is passing through the shroud would enable a steel plant to control the closing of the ladle better and so increase the steel yield. Using the proposed slag monitoring technology, 60% of that lost steel can be saved.

 

(*)The Fortissimo project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research,
technological development and demonstration under grant agreement No 609029