Jian-ping Yang, Qing Liu, Wei-da Guo, and Jun-guo Zhang, Quantitative evaluation of multi-process collaborative operation in steelmaking–continuous casting sections, Int. J. Miner. Metall. Mater., 28(2021), No. 8, pp. 1353-1366. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12613-020-2227-5
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Jian-ping Yang, Qing Liu, Wei-da Guo, and Jun-guo Zhang, Quantitative evaluation of multi-process collaborative operation in steelmaking–continuous casting sections, Int. J. Miner. Metall. Mater., 28(2021), No. 8, pp. 1353-1366. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12613-020-2227-5
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Quantitative evaluation of multi-process collaborative operation in steelmaking–continuous casting sections

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    Qing Liu    E-mail: qliu@ustb.edu.cn

  • Received: 18 August 2020Revised: 16 November 2020Accepted: 18 November 2020Available online: 26 November 2020
  • The quantitative evaluation of multi-process collaborative operation is of great significance for the improvement of production planning and scheduling in steelmaking–continuous casting sections (SCCSs). However, this evaluation is difficult since it relies on an in-depth understanding of the operating mechanism of SCCSs, and few existing methods can be used to conduct the evaluation, due to the lack of full-scale consideration of the multiple factors related to the production operation. In this study, three quantitative models were developed, and the multi-process collaborative operation level was evaluated through the laminar-flow operation degree, the process matching degree, and the scheduling strategy availability degree. Based on the evaluation models for the laminar-flow operation and process matching levels, this study investigated the production status of two steelmaking plants, plants A and B, based on actual production data. The average laminar-flow operation (process matching) degrees of SCCSs were obtained as 0.638 (0.610) and 1.000 (0.759) for plants A and B, respectively, for the period of April to July 2019. Then, a scheduling strategy based on the optimization of the furnace-caster coordinating mode was suggested for plant A. Simulation experiments showed higher availability than the greedy-based and manual strategies. After the proposed scheduling strategy was applied, the average process matching degree of the SCCS of plant A increased by 4.6% for the period of September to November 2019. The multi-process collaborative operation level was improved with fewer adjustments and interruptions in casting.
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