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Working experience with a foundry solar furnace

Suresh, D and Kishore, * and Rohatgi, PK (1981) Working experience with a foundry solar furnace. In: Solar Energy, 27 (6). pp. 457-462.

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Literature reveals that a low order priority has been given to foundry applications of the solar furnace for temperatures upto about 1000°C. In the present work, the performance of a solar furnace capable of melting small quantities of foundry-grade metals and alloys had been studied under various conditions. Crucibles of different materials and shapes were tried and the effect of having different heat-shield materials was also studied. Al---bronze crucible with cavity, and well-polished stainless stell heat-shield were found to be most effective in enhancing the efficiency of the furnace. Many important industrial applications of the present solar furnace, such as the recovery of metallic zinc from slags, had also been realised.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Solar Energy
Publisher: Elsevier Science
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Elsevier Publisher.
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Materials Engineering (formerly Metallurgy)
Date Deposited: 14 Dec 2009 09:51
Last Modified: 25 Aug 2011 11:34
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/23584

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