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Inverse Determination of Eroded Smelter Wall Thickness Variation Using an Elastic Membrane Concept

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Daniel P. Baker

UPRIZER, Inc., Santa Monica, CA

George S. Dulikravich

University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX

Brian H. Dennis

University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

Thomas J. Martin

Pratt & Whitney Engine Company, East Hartford, CT

Paper No. HT2003-47307, pp. 793-802; 10 pages
  • ASME 2003 Heat Transfer Summer Conference
  • Heat Transfer: Volume 3
  • Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, July 21–23, 2003
  • Conference Sponsors: Heat Transfer Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-3695-9 | eISBN: 0-7918-3679-7
  • Copyright © 2003 by ASME


A novel algorithm has been developed for the non-destructive determination of the shape of the interface between a melt and a refractory material wall in smelter furnaces. This method uses measurements of temperature and heat flux at a number of points on the outer surface of the furnace and assumes that the inner (guessed) surface of the furnace wall is isothermal. The temperature field is then predicted in the entire furnace wall material by numerically solving a steady state heat conduction equation subject to the measured temperature values on the external surface and the isothermal melt material solidus temperature on the inner surface of the wall. The byproduct of this analysis is the computed heat flux on the external surface. The shape determination method then uses the difference between the measured and the computed heat fluxes on the outer surface of the furnace as a forcing function in an elastic membrane motion concept for the determination of the inner (melt-refractory) surface motion. The inverse determination of the melt-refractory interface shape can be achieved by utilizing this algorithm and any available analysis software for temperature field in the refractory wall. The initial guess of the wall inner shape can be significantly different from the final (unknown) wall shape. The entire wall shape determination procedure requires typically 5–15 temperature field analysis in the furnace wall material.

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