Actions and means involved
The project includes the development of several actions, whose main objectives are:
1.PANDOLFO and SAET will define actual requirements and specification (action A1) for the MAGNHEAT prototype for continuous Aluminium extrusion. This information is necessary input for the following design and development actions, thus being intended as preparatory activity.
2.Design of the MAGNHEAT prototype system for Al billet heating (B1) based on the established requirements and specifications. Several steps are foreseen to design:
• the magnetic circuit for every module and the verification of the required temperature profile along the billet axis
• the electro-mechanical system and the mechanical parts
• the control and supervisor system (hardware and software)
• the automatic device for the loading-unloading of billets and the billet sawing system.
3.Construction of the MAGNHEAT prototype and testing of its functionality (B2) will start as soon as the design steps are complete. Starting from M16 the MAGNHEAT prototype will be installed at Pandolfo Alluminio factory (Lentiai) and tested. This phase consists of controlling the machine performance in batch production conditions. This serves to verify the functioning of all the various parts of the prototype, which have been individually verified, and that they are jointly working properly and there are not defects or incompatibility between them.
4.After functional tests the prototype will be installed on the Aluminium extrusion production line to validate the machine and verify its performance for continuous processing (B4). The important Key Performance Indicators are defined and measured to demonstrate the MAGNHEAT superiority with regard to traditional technologies.
5.Life Cycle Assessment and Thermo Economic analysis (B3) will be implemented by CIRCE in order to quantitatively evaluate the environmental impacts and benefits. Standard (ISO14040) and recognized methodologies (International Reference Life Cycle Data System (ILCD) Handbook) will be used.