The present paper proposes a steel industry case study focused on a reheating furnace and a rolling mill. Hardware and software innovations were successfully combined in order to obtain process control and energy efficiency improvement. The reheating furnace at study is pusher type and processes billets. The hardware innovation is related to the installation of an insulated tunnel at the end of the reheating furnace, in order to guarantee a higher heat retention of the billets before their path along the rolling mill stands. The software innovation refers to the design and the installation of an Advanced Process Control system which manipulates the gas flow rate and the stoichiometric ratio of the furnace zones in order to satisfy the control specifications on billets and furnace variables. The control system is based on Model Predictive Control strategy and on a virtual sensor which tracks and estimates the billet features inside/outside the furnace. The designed controller was commissioned on the real plant, providing significant performances in terms of service factor, process control, and energy efficiency.

Synergic Combination of Hardware and Software Innovations for Energy Efficiency and Process Control Improvement: A Steel Industry Application / Zanoli, Silvia Maria; Pepe, Crescenzo; Orlietti, Lorenzo. - In: ENERGIES. - ISSN 1996-1073. - 16:10(2023). [10.3390/en16104183]

Synergic Combination of Hardware and Software Innovations for Energy Efficiency and Process Control Improvement: A Steel Industry Application

Zanoli, Silvia Maria
;
Pepe, Crescenzo;Orlietti, Lorenzo
2023-01-01

Abstract

The present paper proposes a steel industry case study focused on a reheating furnace and a rolling mill. Hardware and software innovations were successfully combined in order to obtain process control and energy efficiency improvement. The reheating furnace at study is pusher type and processes billets. The hardware innovation is related to the installation of an insulated tunnel at the end of the reheating furnace, in order to guarantee a higher heat retention of the billets before their path along the rolling mill stands. The software innovation refers to the design and the installation of an Advanced Process Control system which manipulates the gas flow rate and the stoichiometric ratio of the furnace zones in order to satisfy the control specifications on billets and furnace variables. The control system is based on Model Predictive Control strategy and on a virtual sensor which tracks and estimates the billet features inside/outside the furnace. The designed controller was commissioned on the real plant, providing significant performances in terms of service factor, process control, and energy efficiency.
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