Chapter 16. Performance and Economics of Furnace Crowns for Oxy-Fuel Glass Melting

  1. John Kieffer
  1. J. Leblanc1,
  2. A. Burgunder1,
  3. A. Gupta2 and
  4. S. Hope2

Published Online: 26 MAR 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470294598.ch16

A Collection of Papers Presented at the 60th Conference on Glass Problems: Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, Volume 21, Issue 1

A Collection of Papers Presented at the 60th Conference on Glass Problems: Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, Volume 21, Issue 1

How to Cite

Leblanc, J., Burgunder, A., Gupta, A. and Hope, S. (2000) Performance and Economics of Furnace Crowns for Oxy-Fuel Glass Melting, in A Collection of Papers Presented at the 60th Conference on Glass Problems: Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, Volume 21, Issue 1 (ed J. Kieffer), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9780470294598.ch16

Author Information

  1. 1

    BOC Gases

  2. 2

    Monofrax Inc.

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 26 MAR 2008
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 2000

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470375662

Online ISBN: 9780470294598

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Keywords:

  • container;
  • lighting;
  • superstructure temperature;
  • furnace enlargement;
  • tableware

Summary

A new furnace design concept is introduced for traditional soda-lime oxy-fuel furnaces (container, tableware, and lighting). A case study using the new design concept for a container furnace is described. The superstructure temperature of the proposed container glass furnace is increased from 2870 to 2920°F to increase pull rate by 50 tlday. The use of fused cast αβ-alumina for the entire crown and superstructure is considered imperative and is recommended for the proposed furnace. An economic analysis of the proposed furnace is performed and compared against two other alternatives: electric boosting and furnace enlargement. It is shown that the proposed furnace is an economically viable and affordable option to achieve described objectives.