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 ironmaker

Computational Fluid Dynamic Simulation of a Novel Flash Ironmaking Technology

The U.S. steel industry needs a new technology that produces steel from iron ore with lower greenhouse gas emission and energy consumption. At the University of Utah, Prof. Hong Yong Sohn and his team have conceived of a drastically novel idea for an alternative method called the Flash Ironmaking Technology to replace the century-old blast furnace process.  This new technology eliminates the highly problematic cokemaking and pelletization/sintering steps from the current ironmaking processes by directly utilizing iron ore concentrates, which are in abundance in the United States. 

Using CHPC resources, the Sohn group is developing high-resolution computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations to select the optimal operating conditions for testing and subsequently reduce the testing time and effort. Simulation results will be used to analyze the results from the flash reactors. Also of high importance, the results of the simulations will assist in the subsequent design of an industrial-scale pilot facility and eventual full-scale commercial plant.

System Status

last update: 02/09/16 5:33 pm
General Nodes
system procs % util.
ember 876/1008 86.9%
kingspeak 812/812 100%
lonepeak 256/256 100%
Restricted Nodes
system procs % util.
ash 7020/7268 96.59%
apexarch Status Unavailable
ember 384/708 54.24%
kingspeak 2616/4716 55.47%
lonepeak 856/856 100%

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