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Flow Field, Temperature Field, and Inclusion Removal in a New Induction Heating Tundish with Bent Channels

School of Metallurgy, Northeastern University, 3-11, Wenhua Road, Shenyang 110819, China
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Metals 2019, 9(5), 561; https://doi.org/10.3390/met9050561
Received: 13 April 2019 / Revised: 4 May 2019 / Accepted: 8 May 2019 / Published: 14 May 2019
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Abstract

In order to study the flow field, temperature field, and inclusion removal in a new induction heating tundish with bent channels, a three-dimensional (3D) transient mathematical model is established. The effects of both the channel radius and heating power on the multi-physical field and inclusion removal in the bent channels’ induction heating tundish are investigated. The results show that the tundish with the channel radius of 3 m shows better flow characteristics than those with the channel radii of 4 m and 2 m. With the increase of channel length, the heating efficiency increases at first, and then decreases, while the radius of 3 m is the best one for heating efficiency. After all the inclusions are placed into the tundish, the radii of 3 m and 2 m show good efficiency regarding inclusion removal, while it is poor when the radius is 4 m. Therefore, 3 m is the optimal radius of the channel in this work. Under the optimal channel radius, the heating power of 800 kW seems better than those of 600 kW and 1000 kW on flow characteristics control in the tundish. The temperature in the receiving chamber rises gradually and distributes quite uniformly with the increasing heating power, and the removal rate of inclusions increases with the increasing heating power. View Full-Text
Keywords: bent-channel tundish; induction heating; channel radius; heating power bent-channel tundish; induction heating; channel radius; heating power
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Xing, F.; Zheng, S.; Liu, Z.; Zhu, M. Flow Field, Temperature Field, and Inclusion Removal in a New Induction Heating Tundish with Bent Channels. Metals 2019, 9, 561.

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