Montan University and Siemens save 70% energy in steel production

22. Mai 2012

 

FFG Project New Energies 2020 “Simulation-based development of manufacturing concepts for state-of-the-art steel with a continuous casting-rolling technology” (short: SimMoStahl)Over only 25 years, with an installed capacity of more than 100 million tons per year, the casting-rolling technology has developed from a niche technology to the leading technology for the ecologically and economically advantageous manufacture […]


 

FFG Project New Energies 2020 “Simulation-based development of manufacturing concepts for state-of-the-art steel with a continuous casting-rolling technology” (short: SimMoStahl)

Over only 25 years, with an installed capacity of more than 100 million tons per year, the casting-rolling technology has developed from a niche technology to the leading technology for the ecologically and economically advantageous manufacture of thin steel strips with thicknesses of only 0.8 mm. The products are used in almost all areas of further processing, the household appliances industry, mechanical engineering industry and automotive industry.

Siemens-VAI Metals Technologies, the biggest domestic metallurgy plant construction company, have together with Acciaieria Arvedi in Cremona/Italy developed a casting-rolling process, the endless strip production process, which in the future will be sold worldwide. “The objective of SimMoStahl are massive energy and resource savings by researching and developing new materials and production strategies for the manufacture of qualitatively demanding high-performance steel in the ESP process”, explains Bernhard.

Beside Leoben University, Vienna University of Technology and Freiberg University of Technology in Germany act as scientific partners. Siemens VAI Metals Technologies will verify the research approaches in large-scale industrial tests. The entire project volume amounts to more than 700,000 Euros. “Compared to the conventional manufacturing route, around 15 GJ, i.e. around 70 % energy, can be saved per ton of steel. The CO2 emissions, too, can thus be drastically reduced. Beside the ecological advantages, the production costs for one ton of steel would be reduced by up to 20 %”, Bernhard explains the enormous potential of the process.

More Information:
Univ.Prof. Dr. Christian Bernhard
Lehrstuhl für Metallurgie
E-Mail: christian.bernhard@unileoben.ac.at
Tel.: 038427402-2220

Dr. Robert Pierer
Lehrstuhl für Metallurgie
E-Mail: robert.pierer@unileoben.ac.at
Tel.: 03842/402-2240

Source of information: Montanuniversität Leoben / News 29.02.2012

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