Computational Modelling in High Temperature Industries

Guidelines from Ceram to support the increased utilisation of computational models for refractory structures.

The use of computational models to assess the feasibility and safety of industrial components is standard in manufacturing sectors such as the aerospace and automotive industries. However, the use of these computational techniques is a comparatively new idea for refractory and associated high temperature industries, and is often regarded with a certain amount of suspicion. Ceram, a global expert in materials testing, analysis and consultancy, has produced a set of guidelines for refractory manufacturers, lining designers, installers and users. Titled Obtaining Valid Data for Computational Modelling of Refractory Structures the free report provides guidance on the data required to produce meaningful computational models with which to assess the feasibility and safety of industrial vessels and components during operation at high temperatures.

Refractory linings are complex structures made of complex refractory materials. Ceram’s guidelines provide readers with an overview of the computational modelling process, which is based on the Finite Element Method, highlighting the essential data that must be obtained in order to create a useful and meaningful model. Effective computational modelling for refractories depends on the availability of data with which to produce both thermal and stress profiles, which play an important role in the design of refractory structures.

“Computer technology has developed and advanced almost unimaginably over the last two decades,” commented Sarah Baxendale, Refractories Consultant at Ceram, “and with it the scope for more sophisticated and accurate computational modelling.”

“Improvements in computer hardware and software have allowed the use of finite element modelling to cascade down to desk top level within a wide range of industries, allowing us now to characterise in-service behaviour of refractory linings and components with significant confidence – dependent, of course, on the accuracy of the data provided in the first place, which is where our guidelines can help.”

Ceram works with clients from a broad range of high temperature industries, including glass, cement, petrochemical, iron, steel, environment and energy, and offers computer modelling services for a variety of applications including the validation of refractory designs and the identification and solving of causes of failure.

Obtaining Valid Data for Computational Modelling of Refractory Structures can be downloaded free of charge via this page.

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