ECOQUENCH

"Controlled quenching and heat recovery from thin walled, complex high performance, hardened Al alloy extrusions"

 Coordinatore THE UK INTELLIGENT SYSTEMS RESEARCH INSTITUTE LIMITED 

 Organization address address: MIDDLE ASTON HOUSE
city: OXFORDSHIRE
postcode: OX25 5PT

contact info
Titolo: Mr.
Nome: Paul
Cognome: Tranter
Email: send email
Telefono: +44 1664 501501
Fax: +44 1664 501556

 Nazionalità Coordinatore United Kingdom [UK]
 Totale costo 1˙660˙072 €
 EC contributo 1˙242˙568 €
 Programma FP7-SME
Specific Programme "Capacities": Research for the benefit of SMEs
 Code Call FP7-SME-2011
 Funding Scheme BSG-SME
 Anno di inizio 2011
 Periodo (anno-mese-giorno) 2011-11-01   -   2014-01-31

 Partecipanti

# participant  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    THE UK INTELLIGENT SYSTEMS RESEARCH INSTITUTE LIMITED

 Organization address address: MIDDLE ASTON HOUSE
city: OXFORDSHIRE
postcode: OX25 5PT

contact info
Titolo: Mr.
Nome: Paul
Cognome: Tranter
Email: send email
Telefono: +44 1664 501501
Fax: +44 1664 501556

UK (OXFORDSHIRE) coordinator 54˙693.00
2    NORTON HYDRAULICS (MIDLAND) LIMITED

 Organization address address: MERIDEN STREET 43-45
city: BIRMINGHAM
postcode: B5 5LS

contact info
Titolo: Mr.
Nome: Wayne
Cognome: Hubball
Email: send email
Telefono: +44 121 2308000
Fax: +44 121 6326739

UK (BIRMINGHAM) participant 243˙744.00
3    ACCURATE SENSORS TECHNOLOGIES LTD

 Organization address address: BLUE STREET INDUSTRIAL PARK MISGAV
city: MISGAV
postcode: 20174

contact info
Titolo: Mr.
Nome: Ofer
Cognome: Yoely
Email: send email
Telefono: +972 4 999 0025
Fax: +972 4 999 0031

IL (MISGAV) participant 219˙028.00
4    HEAT TRANSFER SYSTEMS LIMITED

 Organization address address: RIDGE HALL HIGH PEAK
city: CHAPEL EN LE FRITH
postcode: SK23 9UD

contact info
Titolo: Mr.
Nome: John
Cognome: Shorthouse
Email: send email
Telefono: +44 1298 815862
Fax: +44 1298 815863

UK (CHAPEL EN LE FRITH) participant 215˙920.00
5    LUBRISERV LIMITED

 Organization address address: "AWSWORTH, PARK HILL 51"
city: NOTTINGHAM
postcode: NG16 2RD

contact info
Titolo: Mr.
Nome: Richard
Cognome: Wells
Email: send email
Telefono: +44 7525 763988

UK (NOTTINGHAM) participant 211˙599.00
6    TECHNOSAM SRL

 Organization address address: FAGULUI STR 35
city: SATU MARE
postcode: 440186

contact info
Titolo: Ms.
Nome: Cornelia
Cognome: Turtureanu
Email: send email
Telefono: +40 741 094456

RO (SATU MARE) participant 200˙509.00
7    BOAL B.V.

 Organization address address: DE HONDERT MARGEN 12
city: DE LIER
postcode: 2678 ZH

contact info
Titolo: Mr.
Nome: Kjell
Cognome: Nilsen
Email: send email
Telefono: +31 174 527246

NL (DE LIER) participant 82˙287.00
8    INSTITUTO TECNOLOGICO DE ARAGON

 Organization address address: MARIA DE LUNA 8
city: ZARAGOZA
postcode: 50018

contact info
Titolo: Mr.
Nome: Jose-Ramon
Cognome: Valdes
Email: send email
Telefono: +34 976010000
Fax: +34 976716201

ES (ZARAGOZA) participant 14˙788.00

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global    scientists    impact    grade    energy    candidates    profile    quenching    reduce    piece    recovery    line    intensive    heat    al    extraction    re    temperatures    emissions    ecoquench    oil    recover    industry    scrap    air    million    cooling    environment    flash    ageing    wasted    spray    stage    extruded   

 Obiettivo del progetto (Objective)

'Our Idea is to develop a computer controlled, advanced, profile spray quench, heat extraction system with advanced cooling rate control, closed loop thermal and dimensional control and integrated high grade heat recovery & re-use. We aim to recover 50% of the energy wasted at the profile cooling stage (for re-use in the energy intensive heat-ageing process), and simultaneously reduce scrap produced at the profile cooling stage by 25%. This would mean a saving of 1.9 million kWh of energy per line, and an increase in revenue of around € 1.3 million per line, almost trebling profit (through scrap turned into saleable product & reduction in energy used). The benefit to the environment is also substantial, with a reduction of 474Te of CO2 emissions per line'

Introduzione (Teaser)

Extruded aluminium (Al) accounts for more than half of all Al products in Europe. Enhancing the energy efficiency of processing should have major impact on industry competitiveness and global climate change.

Descrizione progetto (Article)

Extrusion of Al alloys is accomplished by forcing a hot billet of Al through a shaped die and quenching or cooling it as it emerges to produce a long piece. The extruded Al can be used as is, cut in smaller pieces or used as feedstock for other processes.

Scientists are developing a controlled quenching and heat-extraction system for high-grade heat recovery at the profile cooling stage. This will be reused in the energy-intensive heat-ageing process with EU funding of the project http://www.ecoquench.eu/ (ECOQUENCH) . The technology is expected to recover 50 % of energy wasted during spray quenching and to reduce scrap produced at this stage by 25 %.

During the first project phase, researchers established the optimal cooling rates for various extruded Al profiles. They investigated a number of oils to be used in the spray quenching process. The selection of candidates was complicated by a number of factors, including the high temperatures to be withstood. This meant that substances with low flash points (temperatures at which they can be ignited in air) such as mineral oil were unsuitable. The team finally determined that synthetic esters were the best candidates and selected one with high flash point, high self-ignition temperature, inertness and safety.

Scientists also conducted thermodynamic analyses of spray quenching and developed a test rig to evaluate both the nozzle design and the spray quenching thermodynamics. The entire spray system has now been designed, including air cooling, oil spraying, recirculation and removal of oil from the piece. Investigations of energy recovery during the spray quenching process have begun and will continue during the next project phase.

ECOQUENCH plans to deliver an energy-efficient and cost-effective technology for cooling extruded Al that will drastically reduce emissions and material waste. The end result will be an enhancement in the competitive position of EU industry and a decrease in the impact of its activities on the global environment.

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