Date of Degree
MS (Master of Science)
Electrical and Computer Engineering
This thesis centers around an electric arc furnace (EAF) at a steel mini-mill in Wilton, IA. First, the thesis replicates previous optimization attempts. Next, the modeling is greatly altered to produce a much improved steel-melting model. Then, a new optimal control system is created and used to reduce energy and fuel costs over the melting process. Finally, results are presented. This thesis shows that when the new optimal control is simulated, the system shows significant energy and fuel savings.
EAF, Electric Arc Furnace, Modeling, Optimal Control, Steel, System Identification
vi, 146 pages
Includes bibliographical references (page 146).
Copyright 2010 Jared James Snell