A research project for optimizing complex procedures
How to optimize complex production methods.
The international research project RECOBA pursues this question.
Even the slightest changes can positively affect the production of larger quantities of material, such as liquid steel, emulsion polymers, and silicon metal. It is therefore necessary to introduce innovative sensor technologies, employ new process models, and implement progressive control methods.
The task of the RECOBA project is to test and demonstrate the applicability of these approaches. The consortium consisting of members from industrial companies, universities, and research groups aims to improve the product quality, energy consumption, raw material usage, and production costs of the processes in question.
thyssenkrupp Steel is concentrating on optimizing the production process for liquid steel in secondary metallurgy, as pictured here in a vacuum facility for the treatment of molten steel at temperatures of 1,600 degrees Celsius (photo). New techniques for measuring the temperature of different treatment units are being developed with the goal of improving process management.
The RECOBA project is funded by the EU. The goal of the project is to increase the competitiveness of European companies in the steel and chemical industry. Six million euros in funding has been earmarked for the project, which is scheduled to last three years. BASF SE (Germany) is coordinating the international project, which is a part of Horizon 2020, the EU framework program for research and innovation.