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ArcelorMittal blast furnace no. 3 newly with a digital twin

Ostrava, 26 April 2018 – ArcelorMittal Ostrava has completed another unique project in the field of automation and digitalisation. Thanks to a new system of measuring, the freshly designed digital twin, a model copy of blast furnace no. 3, is able to exactly simulate and analyse the processes which take place inside the blast furnace. Employees of the steel plant will thus be able to better estimate and respond to what is happening inside the furnace at a given moment. Thanks to this model copy, the development of which lasted for almost 2 years, production has become safer and more effective. Blast furnace no. 2 is getting its identical twin later in the course of this year.

“Even though the blast furnace is literally loaded up with measuring devices, the process taking place behind its shell is still hidden. That’s why we began working on the new, digital model two years ago. The model can simulate the processes going on inside the furnace based on collecting the measurable quantities such as batch content, pressure and temperature,“ says Miroslav Hýbl, head of Automation Plant at ArcelorMittal Ostrava.

The digital twin currently in operation at blast furnace no. 3 means an important step in the production of pig iron. This has remained an essential commodity in the production portfolio of the Ostrava steel maker for more than 65 years. Although its production has a long history, it has ever since been a complicated process from the point of view of control. For this reason, experts from the Ostrava steel plant have designed a system of models which will exactly describe the process taking place inside the furnace. The process itself is very difficult to be measured so that everything is arranged using modern computation technology and the model is then displayed in a digital form.

“In the past, the process and fluency of production largely depended on quality and experience of the operating staff. The twin has now made the situation much easier. It helps us watch over the processes that take place inside the furnace and makes our reactions better and faster. The production of pig iron is becoming safer and more effective in this way,“ says Jan Sýkora from blast furnace plant who is in charge of innovations and production support.

ArcelorMittal Ostrava a.s. is part of the world’s largest steel and mining group ArcelorMittal. Annually it produces over 2 million tonnes of steel, which is mainly used in construction and machinery. It is the biggest manufacturer of road safety barriers in the Czech Republic. Besides the domestic market the company delivers its products to more than 40 countries around the world. In the Moravian-Silesian region, ArcelorMittal employs 6500 workers. The 2017 average monthly income was CZK 36 646. As a result of the completion of a range of above-standard emission control technologies, the company produces its products with the minimum possible environmental footprint. The sole shareholder is ArcelorMittal S.A.

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