Enhanced Processing of Aluminum Scrap at End-of-life via Artificial Intelligence & Smart Sensing
This project aims to deliver value-based intelligent melt control (VALI-MELT), a process control software tool with advanced sensing and processing capabilities, which enables closed loop quality control and optimal blending of scrap material. VALI-MELT incorporates a scrap quality assessment tool (SQA), control software and in melt LIBS analyzer to enable close loop control for the utilization of post-consumer scrap.
Upon completion, this project will deliver a commercially viable software and sensing control tool that will enable optimal blending of scrap and real time processing adjustments based on feedstock composition and quality. This project will reduce primary feedstock by 0.462 million metric tons (MMT) of aluminum, 85 PJ energy reduction, 4.57 MMCO2e. Assumptions are based on demand projection for aluminum in 2030.