Gateway to Metal Casting Resources
HomeResearch Results to Improve Ca Sensors    

Foundry Map
Die Casting Map
Research Results to Improve Casting Productivity
Apply for Research Funding
Case Studies and Technology Demonstrations
Reduce Energy Consumption
Training & Workshops
Learn More About the Metal Casting Program

Home | Contact Us

Intelligent Control of The Cupola Furnace

Metal Casting Image This was a collaborative project the American Foundry Society, DOE and Idaho State University to investigate the application of advanced intelligent control methods to the cupola melter, a furnace used for melting pig iron, scrap steel, cast iron scrap, foundry return scrap, and ferroalloys to a specified tapping temperature and chemical composition. The foundry cupola has historically been the primary method for melting iron because of its low cost and simplicity. Recently, however, the need for pollution control devices and foreign competition has contributed to a decline in the domestic market. One way to help improve the role of the cupola in the foundry industry is to introduce automatic control technology to lower material and processing costs and improve product quality. The Cupola Neural Network Model, now available from the American Foundry Society, is allowing foundry operators to increase control over, and reduce energy use in, cupola furnaces
American Foundry Society
Thomas Prucha
American Foundry Society
1695 Penny Lane
Schaumburg, IL  60173

phone: (800) 537-4237
fax: (847) 824-7848

EERE logoMetal Casting logo