Fluxtrol | Modeling and Optimization of Cold Crucible Furnaces for Melting Metals
Modeling and Optimization of Cold Crucible Furnaces for Melting Metals
Authors: V. Nemkov, R. Goldstein, K. Kreter, and J. Jackowski
Abstract:Cold Crucible Furnaces (CCFs), widely used in multiple special applications of melting metals, oxides, glasses and other materials , are essentially 3D devices and their modeling is a complicated task. Multiple studies of CCFs have been made for their optimization, but their electrical efficiency is still low; for metals approximately 25-30% and even lower. Fluxtrol, Inc., made an extensive study of electromagnetic processes of CCFs using computer simulation and laboratory tests. This study showed that electrical efficiency of CCFs may be strongly improved by means of optimal design of the whole system with use of magnetic flux controllers. Theoretical results had been confirmed by laboratory tests on mockups and by industrial tests with real melting processes. The presentation contains a description of the computer modeling procedure and major findings. They form a basis for optimal design of electromagnetic systems of CCFs.