Furnace Operation: “A Gold Mine in your Casthouse”
Scrap rate, throughput, alloy recovery and raw materials are all areas of the casthouse which usually get substantial attention as means of either increasing profits or reducing costs. However, furnaces, which are often overlooked by the casthouse, can also deliver surprisingly high savings. Moreover, these potential savings can only magnify as energy costs and pressures to reduce carbon footprint increase. This paper gives an insight into where savings can be achieved by a casthouse with proper furnace operation. Knowledge of how a furnace should be operated is often neglected but as this paper tries to highlight, developing this knowledge can be extremely worthwhile.
J. A. Taylor, J. F. Grandfield, A. Prasad
G. Girard et al., "Furnace Operation: “A Gold Mine in your Casthouse”", Materials Science Forum, Vol. 630, pp. 77-84, 2010