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p-matriX is a measuring system for gauging the geometric shape of the bulk material surface in a blast furnace optimising burden load and usage.
The measuring method of the p-matriX-measuring probe works reliably and robustly within the hot and dust-laden atmosphere of a blast furnace. The measured data is recorded, analyzed and visually plotted for the user. The p-matriX Radarprofilometer is also able to measure directly the temperature of the bulk material inside the blast furnace. The radar-based p-matriX system measures the transit times of electromagnetic waves between the bulk material (coke and/or ore) and the horn antenna. The distance is then calculated on the basis of the determined transit times. During a scan of the complete burden/coke topology, the system collects multiple measurement points, which are used to create a 3D-Image of the burden/coke topology. The operator is able to extract filling levels from every spot of the complete cross-sectional area of the blast furnace.
Measurement of the depth of burden/ coke temperature
Independent of the temperature gradient in the process area
Impervious to dust and aggressive medi
Simple and rugged design of the antenna
Complete scan of the burden/coke topology after each charging cycle
Visualization of the measurement results in 3D
Remains constantly inside the Blast Furnace
Withstands high temperatures due to nitrogen cooling
No loss in weight as when using a mechanical probe
No impurity of sensitive measurement optics
The p-matriX-Radarprofilometer can also be directed to any location over the entire furnace for spot measurement
Data-exchange via multiple interfaces
High accuracy of measurement results
Multiple options to display the measurement results
The aggressive and dust loaded atmosphere within a blast furnace represents challenging requirements for measurement systems. Therefore, the new p-matriX system utilizes the advantages of the RADAR technology, which has been proven in the past few years under these conditions. The robust mechanics as well as the simple antenna design ensure a failurefree operation. The p-matriX can be combined with a temperature profile and 3D burden profile cross section. This data can be stored and used for further performance evaluations.
Max. Temperature (peak)1200°C
Design Pressure3.5 bar(g)
Location of installationMultiple options
IMI Critical Engineering, Lakeside, Solihull Parkway, Birmingham Business Park, Birmingham B37 7XZ
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