Chapter 18. Computer Modeling of Kilns and Products and its Application to Design, Control and Fuel Consumption

  1. William Smothers
  1. T. D. B. Wight and
  2. D. J. Walker

Published Online: 26 MAR 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470320365.ch18

Materials & Equipment/Whitewares: Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, Volume 7, Issue 11/12

Materials & Equipment/Whitewares: Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, Volume 7, Issue 11/12

How to Cite

Wight, T. D. B. and Walker, D. J. (1986) Computer Modeling of Kilns and Products and its Application to Design, Control and Fuel Consumption, in Materials & Equipment/Whitewares: Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, Volume 7, Issue 11/12 (ed W. Smothers), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9780470320365.ch18

Author Information

  1. General Furnace Construction Pty. Ltd. 35 Rushdale St., Knoxfield, Melbourne, 3180, Australia

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 26 MAR 2008
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 1986

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470374696

Online ISBN: 9780470320365

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Keywords:

  • consumption;
  • optimization;
  • considerable;
  • traditionally;
  • significant

Summary

Over a number of yr the work in computer modeling of kilns for firing ceramics has greatly assisted in reducing firing times and fuel consumption for kilns. It has lead to a much better understanding of firing cycles possible for different articles and bodies. Originally, models of periodic kilns were used and subsequently continuous kiln models evolved. These are currently being used to investigate optimization of kiln control, and in particular, fuel consumption. Considerable work has been put into practical evaluation of the models to improve the accuracy and usefulness. This interaction between the model and real kiln in operation has resulted in very accurate predictions on fuel consumption and heat loss. Additionally, it has provided a knowledge of the limits of application of the models in the real world.