Title: Implementation of integrated automatic control system of copper smelter based on bath smelting technique

Authors: Chen Ye

Addresses: Department of Automation, China Nonferrous Engineering and Research Institute, No. 12, Fuxing Road, Beijing, China

Abstract: Bath smelting technique is known to be effectively adopted in copper smelting. This paper proposes automatic control strategies and implementation methods of integrated all plant system in copper pyrometallurgy based on the real projects named Chambishi Copper Smelter in Zambia and Kunpeng Copper Smelter in China. We design and implement an all plant system which consists of oxygen-enriched air and top-blown furnace system, converter system, anode furnace system, electrical furnace system and some auxiliary system, such as waste heat boiler system, waste heat power generation system and sulphuric acid making system. Meanwhile, the configuration of the integrated control system based on Rockwell ControlLogix and Emerson DeltaV is also introduced. Our experiments show a remarkable result that the production process is steady and the equipments are stable and safe.

Keywords: copper smelting; bath smelting; all plant systems; process control; materials; integrated control; distributed control; DCS configuration; China; Zambia; copper pyrometallurgy.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMTM.2012.048706

International Journal of Manufacturing Technology and Management, 2012 Vol.25 No.4, pp.224 - 236

Published online: 26 Nov 2014 *

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