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Industrial oven improvement for energy reduction and enhanced process performance

Pask, F, Lake, P, Yang, A, Tokos, H and Sadhukhan, J (2016) Industrial oven improvement for energy reduction and enhanced process performance Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy.

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Abstract

Industrial ovens consume a considerable amount of energy and have a significant impact on product quality; therefore, improving ovens should be an important objective for manufacturers. This paper presents a novel and practical approach to oven improvement that emphasises both energy reduction and enhanced process performance. The three-phased approach incorporates product understanding, process improvement and process parameter optimisation. Cure understanding is developed using Dynamic Mechanical Analysis (DMA) and Lch-CIE colour tests, which together highlight the impact of temperature variation on cure conversion and resulting product quality. Process improvement encompasses thermodynamic modelling of the oven air to evaluate the impact of insulation on temperature uniformity and system responsiveness. Finally, process parameters, such as temperature, pressure negativity and air flow, are optimised to reduce energy consumption. The methodology has been effectively demonstrated for a 1MW festoon oven, resulting in an 87.5% reduction in cooling time, saving 202h of annual downtime and a reduction in gas consumption by 20-30%.

Item Type: Article
Subjects : subj_Environment
Divisions : Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences > Centre for Environmental Strategy
Authors :
AuthorsEmailORCID
Pask, FUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Lake, PUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Yang, AUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Tokos, HUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Sadhukhan, JUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 2016
Funders : EPSRC
Copyright Disclaimer : The final publication will be available at Springer via http://link.springer.com/journal/10098#AboutSection
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Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 11 May 2016 14:54
Last Modified : 11 May 2016 14:54
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/810678

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