Developing Digital Twin Model for Real-Time Anode Baking Furnace Optimization
Canada is one of the largest producers of aluminum in the world. In fact, aluminium production is one of the main industries in Quebec. In electrolysis cells, a strong current passes between the anodes and the cathodes. Since the anodes are consumed by the electrolysis process, they must be constantly replaced in the cells. For this reason, many aluminium smelters manufacture new anodes continuously. These are baked in furnaces at temperatures up to 1100oC and for a period of a few days, which consumes energy and emits GHGs. The quality of the anodes produced has a crucial impact on the subsequent performance of the electrolytic cells. In the present project, we wish to develop a numerical twin of the furnace with the objective of optimizing the planning and control of the furnace. This approach will combine simplified mass and energy balances, knowledge and correlations from CFD, models based on historical data of the furnace and optimization strategies. Ultimately, the project will improve the performance of anode baking furnaces.
- Primary production of aluminum
- Anode baking furnace
- Digital twin
- Heat transfer
- Energy balances
- Thermal control
- Data-driven models
REGAL - Aluminium Research Centre, Université Laval
Université Laval is a pole of expertise on the primary production of aluminum, involving many professors, research assistants and students who are members of REGAL (https://www.regal-aluminium.ca/fr/accueil/). In close partnership with the industry, our dynamic team aims to better understand and to improve the various processes used in smelters through experimental work, modeling and data processing.
Financial Aid Available by Program of Study
Doctorate in Merchanical Engineering
Financial Aid Available*
Financial Aid Related to Research Project
$27000 per year for 4 years.
Funding for this project is provided by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada and by Alcoa.
Program-Specific Financial Aid
Graduate Studies Awards
|7 x $500
|Doctoral exam or seminar presentation
|Doctoral exam, seminar or conference
|First submission of dissertation
*A $500 bonus will be added to the graduation scholarship if the initial submission is made before the semester preceding the final qualifying semester.
Université Laval: Student Financial Aid
Supplemental Tuition Fee Exemption Scholarship Program: Entitles international students to pay Canadian student tuition fees, for overall savings of around $40,000. If you are benefiting of this scholarship program, the doctoral admission scholarship will go toward paying your supplemental tuition fees. You will not receive the $2,000 scholarship amount directly; rather it will be applied over your first two semesters to the supplemental portion of your tuition fees.
* Amounts shown represent maximum financial aid available. Certain conditions apply. Subject to change without prior notice. For further information, contact sponsoring organizations directly.
- Mineral, Metallurgical, and Materials Engineering
- Civil and Water Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Chemical Engineering
- Physics Engineering
Requirements and Conditions
- To have maintained a minimum GPA of B (or equivalent) for both the undergraduate and master's degrees
- To have a strong interest in research on industrial problems, such as those presented in the project description
- To have an excellent ability to speak and write in French and/or English
- Cover letter
- Curriculum vitæ
- Student transcript
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Département de génie mécanique