Aluminum Crucible Furnace Practices

Learning Outcomes

  • Describe aluminum crucibles and furnaces.
  • Identify maintenance best practices for aluminum crucibles, including storage, handling, cleaning and safety.
  • Describe aluminum furnace refractory materials (linings and crucibles), their installation, and how to avoid deterioration.
  • Identify proper aluminum crucible furnace operations.
  • Describe the components of crucible furnace heating systems and how to optimize them.
  • Identify temperature measurement tools and controls.
  • Identify aluminum crucible furnace optimization methods through the use of energy efficiency practices.

Course Introduction

Aluminum Crucible Furnace Practices covers aluminum furnace and crucible operations, including construction, operations and maintenance practices for both electric and fuel-fired aluminum crucible furnaces.

Benefits to Taking the Course

This course offers both practical and theoretical knowledge for those operating aluminum crucible furnaces. Participants of this course will leave with the knowledge and/or skills to select an appropriate aluminum crucible for their needs, operate and maintain aluminum crucible furnaces, store and handle crucibles to maintain the life of the crucible, describe refractory installation practices and how to avoid premature deterioration of the refractory, monitor and manage heating systems and burners, and optimize crucible furnace operations so that usage at any stage is efficient.

Module 1: Introduction

Module 2: Crucibles

  • Overview
  • Storage and Handling

Module 3: Furnaces and Refractories

  • Furnace Types
  • Refractories
  • Getting Started

Module 4: Operations and Furnace Practice

  • Oxidation and Cleaning
  • Defects and Failure

Module 5: Heating Systems

  • Modes of Heat Transfer and Heat Sources
  • Combustion By-products

Module 6: Metal Temperature Controls

  • Energy Requirements
  • Temperature Control and Measurements

Module 7: Optimization

  • Energy Efficiency
  • Process Considerations

Module 8: Conclusion


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