U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Advanced Manufacturing Office
ARC, ANL, and ORNL Have Joined an Aluminum Industry Consortium
January 25, 2002
Under the OIT Aluminum Industry of the Future
research effort, three laboratoriesRC, ANL, and ORNLave joined an aluminum industry consortium, Secat, Inc., to improve operations and energy efficiency in the aluminum industry. The furnace shown here is designed to study the formation of dross during aluminum melting. Reducing dross formation can contribute significantly to increasing furnace efficiency and reducing melt losses. The furnace is also serving a test stage that the industrial collaborators and ARC are designing for the Experimental Melting Unit (EMU). The furnace is a fully instrumented test-bed used to explore new options in aluminum melting furnace efficiency.