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Heat Transfer and Thermal Balance Analysis of an Aluminum Electrolysis Cell Side Lines: A Heat Recovery Capability and Feasibility Study

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Yaser Mollaei Barzi, Mohsen Assadi

University of Stavanger, Stavenger, Norway

Paper No. IMECE2013-64358, pp. V08CT09A075; 2 pages
  • ASME 2013 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 8C: Heat Transfer and Thermal Engineering
  • San Diego, California, USA, November 15–21, 2013
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5636-9
  • Copyright © 2013 by ASME


In this study, a preliminary investigation is carried out concerning the possibility and feasibility of recovering part of the side walls heat loss to use it in an energy utilization system. For this purpose, a simple smart heat transfer model is developed for the aluminum smelter side lines accounting for the dynamic ledge profile variations and phase change. Using the model, the total side wall heat loss is estimated and evaluated in different operating conditions of the cell. The system flexibility and self-adjustment ability are taken in to account to find the appropriate solution for the heat extraction system. Using the above-mentioned analysis, the heat recovery strategy and also the possible and applicable alternatives for the side walls heat collection and utilization system are investigated.

Copyright © 2013 by ASME



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