Interface: jointly funded innovation for digital and low-carbon steel reheating furnace
The main objective of INTERFACE projetc is to reduce dependence on fossil fuels and carbon footprint in a reheating furnace by developing tools and a data acquisition system to adapt the furnace's heating capabilities from natural gas to hydrogen.
This project spans from 2022 to 2024 and includes several key developments:
- Creating a computing platform for virtual testing of annealing furnaces, from component to system level, using high-performance computing (HPC).
- Improving and digitalizing instrumentation to monitor and control the thermodynamic conditions of the furnace during the annealing process.
- Conducting analysis of furnace operation with hydrogen and natural gas mixtures.
- Developing a digital twin of the furnace and its components for near-real-time simulation and analysis of the system's state based on sensor data and simulations.
INTERFACE aims to support the digitization and decarbonization of the metallurgical sector through a multidisciplinary approach based on developing models that rely on physics and furnace operating data in different scenarios, considering hydrogen content and burner operation. This project will enable:
- Better understanding of the thermodynamic conditions of the furnace and energy production unit requirements.
- Validation of numerical simulation results and provision of additional data to develop low-complexity models using machine learning-based methods.
- Providing quick response in design, control, or maintenance activities.
This project is funded by the Spanish Government within the framework of European Next Generation funding.