Development of Sound Sensors for Control of Ladle Metallurgy

Development of Sound Sensors for Control of Ladle Metallurgy

In this project InfraBuild (Manufacturing) aims to drive Industry 4.0 adoption across its steelmaking plants, by incorporating new sensor technology into their advanced control systems and hence, improve their steel ladle station operations. This project draws on promising results from SUT’s previous work, which was based on physical modelling and plant trials using microphone systems.  Further work is required to develop and establish a fully functioning commercial system for measuring stirring in steel ladles.

 

The Project team consists of SUT’s Project Leader, Geoffrey Brooks and Associate Researchers, Michelle Dunne and David Sly, and Infrabuild’s Technical Superintendent Rod and Bar, Andrea Fontana, and Associate Researchers, Steven Grundy and Alister King.  The team draws together significant experience in advanced steel-related research, and industrial development/deployment.  A Post-Doctoral Research Fellow will be employed to undertake the main research activities, including the delivery of expected plant trials.

5/8/2021-5/8/2022

In this project InfraBuild (Manufacturing) aims to drive Industry 4.0 adoption across its steelmaking plants, by incorporating new sensor technology into their advanced control systems and hence, improve their steel ladle station operations. This project draws on promising results from SUT’s previous work, which was based on physical modelling and plant trials using microphone systems.  Further work is required to develop and establish a fully functioning commercial system for measuring stirring in steel ladles. The Project team consists of SUT’s Project Leader, Geoffrey Brooks and Associate Researchers, Michelle Dunne and David Sly, and Infrabuild’s Technical Superintendent Rod and Bar, Andrea Fontana, and Associate Researchers, Steven Grundy and Alister King.  The team draws together significant experience in advanced steel-related research, and industrial development/deployment.  A Post-Doctoral Research Fellow will be employed to undertake the main research activities, including the delivery of expected plant trials.

The project is designed to address two key issues facing the steel industry, (i) improving the quality of products through improved process control and (ii) lowering operating costs through improved measurements of key parameters. These improvements have broader impact in improving the cost competitiveness of the local steel recycling industry and promoting metal recycling.

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University of Wollongong

Status

Ongoing

Principal Lead

Professor Geoffrey Brooks

Professor Geoffrey Brooks has over 25 years experience in research relating to process metallurgy, steelmaking and sensor development. He has carried out steelmaking research in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia, working as at University of Wollongong, McMaster University, CSIRO and Swinburne University of Technology. In recent years he has concentrated on modelling of Oxygen Steelmaking, development of sound, vibration and image sensors for the metallurgical industry and studying the fundamentals of novel ironmaking routes. Professor Brooks and his co-workers have major international awards from the ISS, AIST, TMS, ASM and IOM3 for their research.

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