Grant agreement Number: Τ6ΥΒΠ-00251
Funded by the Greek General Secretariat of Science and Technology
Action: Industrial Materials
Duration: 26/5/2020 to 25/5/2023
The main objective of this collaborative research project is the development of mathematical models, optimization frameworks and computer-aided tools for energy consumption minimization in structural ceramics production industries. Both first-principle and short-cut mathematical models will ne be developed through appropriate modeling of the ceramics drying and firing processes.
The novelty of the project lies in the fact that a wide range of the operating conditions of the drying and firing process will be studied, from the inside of the clay body to the whole kiln and dryer volumes. The new models will be validated using real experimental as well as plant data provided by KEBE and ESTIA in order to formally quantify the effect of raw material composition and key operating conditions on the final product quality and energy requirements. The validated models will provide the basis for performing advanced optimization studies in order to identify the optimal operating conditions and potential re-design options of the plant so as to reduce energy consumption while ensuring a desired product quality which is expressed by specific measures.
The ultimate aim is to develop an easy-to-use tool which will allow ceramic production industries to optimize their operation under a wide range of raw material compositions and tight design, operating and product quality constraints.
Participant no. Participant organisation name Country
1 KEBE S.A. (Ceramics Industries of Northern Greece) Greece
2 ESTIA Consulting and Engineering, SA Greece
3. Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece