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Magnesita has a technical team highly qualified in the use of advanced computational analyses related to fluid dynamics, thermo-mechanical stresses and thermodynamics.
This technology can be used, for instance, to evaluate molten metal flow in metallurgical vessels, and to predict the temperature profile and stresses in the refractory materials and steel shell of the vessel. It is possible to use these tools to improve steel quality, to increase efficiency, and reduce costs. Another benefit is improved operational safety because potential changes to a customer‘s process can be evaluated without the need to go through long and onerous stages of industrial tests.
Furthermore, due to the high temperatures involved in metallurgical processes, the computational simulation allows analyses where it is often impossible to conduct practical experiments.
For this purpose, Magnesita invests in hardware and software of the most recent generations, in personnel training and in validation tests of the simulation methodologies developed.
Magnesita is currently qualified to conduct computational simulation for several metallurgical processes and for the cement industry. Among them we have the following:
• Pig iron flow in Blast Furnace runners;
• Desulfurization of hot metal;
• Primary and Secondary steel refining;
• Molten steel flow in the tundish;
• Continuous casting;
• Thermal and structural analysis of runners, converters, ladles, tundishes, cement rotary furnaces, lime kilns, and others.
Additionally, this technology is used to assist in the development of new refractory products, customizing them when required for each customer’s needs.