TOGETHER CREATING THE FUTURE PATHWAYS FOR THE ILTEC TECHNOLOGY
HIGHLY PROMISING OUTCOME FOR ALL PARTICIPANTS OF METTOP, POLYMET SOLUTIONS AND SMS GROUP.
On 24th of April, the final ILTEC workshop with people from Mettop, PolyMet Solutions and SMS group took place in at the SMS Meer location in Tarcento, Italy. It was the goal to identify application areas over the entire SMS group for the highly innovative cooling technology ILTEC. The workshop were held with experts in the iron and steel side as well as from the ferro-alloy and non-ferrous area of the SMS group premises in Düsseldorf, Mönchengladbach, Hilchenbach, Beijing, Moscow, Pittsburgh, Delhi, Johannesburg and Tarcento.
More than 100 potential applications were so far identified mainly for:
- improving safety of metallurgical plants
- cooling of metallurgical vessels
- design of new processes
- development of new equipment such as instruments, lances, injectors
- energy recovery system
- hydraulic units
We would to thank SMS group for their hospitality but even more to all the participants for sharing their knowledge and experience and helping us creating the future pathways of ILTEC together.
ILTEC COOLING IN CONVERTER TUYERE ZONE
Revolutionary approach for significant lifetime extension
For our customer we designed a special copper cooler for tuyere cooling which is going to be installed for cooling altogether six tuyeres in the middle section of the converter tuyere lining. The cooler is based on the design of a CFM (composite furnace module) cooling element, in this case comprising of two individual copper parts connected with a steel construction. In between the copper parts, the AlCr-tuyere bricks are inserted and in the final construction stage the castable refractory mass in casted upon the copper fingers.
The ILTEC Technology, with the non-explosive and safe ionic liquid (IL-B2001) as a coolant media, guarantees best cooling performance in a safe manner whereby the special construction of the copper cooler and the copper fingers provide superior cooling of the AlCr-tuyere bricks and the surrounding area.
The first test assembly will go in operation in June 2018 for one of our customers from the copper industry.
ILTEC cooled tuyere zone in converters - a game changer in copper refining
The scope of services comprises of optimisation solutions in the area of furnace integrity, combining refractory selection and layout, gas purging systems and cooling elements. In the field of hydrometallurgy, a new electrolysis technology - the METTOP-BRX Technology - was developed and is in operation to allow an acceleration of the electrolytic refining of up to 50 percent. For all metallurgical aggregates and equipment, Mettop developed the new and water-free cooling technology ILTEC, that uses an ionic liquid as cooling medium, to create new pathways towards safe and efficient cooling for the entire metallurgical industry.
In addition, Mettop is internationally active in terms of technical consulting (process optimisation) and operator training for customers in the non-ferrous metals industry, and also assists in the optimisation of risk management in metallurgical plants.