CIVS receives grant to optimize Gopher Resource’s reverberatory furnace

January 27, 2021

CIVS, in collaboration with Gopher Resource, recently received an exciting new grant entitled “Numerical Simulation of a Secondary Lead Reverberatory Furnace.” The work on this grant is a component of the larger project entitled “Design of Synthesis of Materials for Agile Manufacturing,” led by the Center for Resource Recovery and Recycling at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI).  The 18-month project officially started on January 1st.

The CIVS team will collaborate with Gopher Resource researchers to develop a CFD model of Gopher’s secondary lead reverberatory furnace, validated against typical operating conditions, and then utilize the simulation model to explore ways of optimizing the operation of the furnace. The model will also be used to evaluate potential furnace scale-up designs and their expected energy efficiency and productivity.