Automated Metal Siphoning and Cast House Energy Consumption
The transfer of molten aluminium from the potline crucible to the holding furnace is receiving renewed attention as pressure to reduce energy wastage in the form of dross is heightened by the prospect of Emissions Trading. Siphoning has long been recognised as the most loss efficient method of metal transfer and now with the availability of fully engineered, automated systems which are safe and reliable in addition to reducing melt loss by 75%; this method is set to become the industry standard. This paper presents some examples of automated siphon transfer systems and demonstrates the benefits of siphoning in applications ranging from the largest smelters to the smallest of foundry applications.
J. A. Taylor, J. F. Grandfield, A. Prasad
J. Locatelli and G. W. Liu, "Automated Metal Siphoning and Cast House Energy Consumption", Materials Science Forum, Vol. 630, pp. 61-69, 2010