Title: Modelling of electromagnetically excited turbulent flow of molten metal in a twin-channel induction furnace

Authors: Jamil I. Ghojel

Addresses: Laboratory for Turbulence Research in Aerospace and Combustion, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Monash University, Clayton, Victoria 3800, Australia

Abstract: Modelling the complex phenomena in channel induction furnaces is quite challenging. These phenomena include electromagnetics, Joule heating, turbulence and heat transfer. The paper describes the methodology and some results of modelling electromagnetically excited turbulent flow of molten metal in a channel induction furnace. The modelling covers both the inductor and the main pot holding the melt. The modelling is carried out for an arbitrary furnace geometry operating under steady state. The objective of the study is to assess the applicability of some of the existing turbulent models to this type of problems and examine the resulting temperature profile of the system.

Keywords: molten metal; turbulent flow; electromagnetics; CFD; computational fluid dynamics; temperature profile; induction furnaces; modelling; temperature profiles.

DOI: 10.1504/PCFD.2006.010969

Progress in Computational Fluid Dynamics, An International Journal, 2006 Vol.6 No.7, pp.435 - 445

Published online: 22 Sep 2006 *

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