SIMPLE AND EFFECTIVE TECHNOLOGIES TO IMPROVE YOUR ALUMINIUM ELECTROLYSIS/ REDUCTION CELL PERFORMANCE
AluCellTech is the exclusive supplier of proprietary technologies designed to improve your reduction cell performance, to reduce power consumption, and to extend cell life.
Please see the attached literature and technical papers/presentations for further details on Anode Nails, Cathode Nails, Magnetic Potshell Cooling Fins & Insulating Blankets, and Nickel Stem Plating.
TECHNOLOGY & SERVICES
Primary Aluminium Smelting Improvements
AluCellTech can assist you with upgrades to your existing aluminium reduction cells, including the provision of technical consulting services, design & supply of proprietary equipment to fit your reduction cells, and field testing & evaluation support.
AluCellTech is the exclusive provider of technology defined in patent CA2,838,113 and related international patents.
Deep Understanding of Aluminium Smelting requirements
The AluCellTech technologies were originally developed by Will Berends to reduce aluminium smelting power consumption, to improve current efficiency, and to extend potlife.
AluCellTech is the exclusive supplier of these patented technologies and related equipment.
Thermographic Imaging & Analysis
AluCellTech provides Thermographic Imaging & Analysis to identify the condition of equipment, reduction cells, and deteriorating or unsafe operating conditions.
Thermal Images may also be used for operator education to see the impact of operating practices on pot conditions.
AluCellTech provides training & assistance for smelter technicians to use thermal imaging, and how to use external potshell cooling fins and insulation blankets to resolve hot or cold regions of the potshell.
Technology & Equipment
Robust equipment design & supply
The technologies may be implemented with a low upfront investment. End Users may license the patented technologies based on the actual performance benefits.
Automation may be added to suit your local requirements.
Please download the pdf brochures under each description for more information.
Improving Anode Performance
Anode Nails reduce electrical resistance in the Stub To Carbon cast iron connection.
The benefits include:
- lower power consumption
- lower operating temperature of the STC and yoke assembly, reducing electrical resistance, corrosion and metal creep
- more uniform power distribution between stubs, and between anodes
- faster new anode heat up and power loading, reducing the MHD disturbance ot the reduction cell.
Smelter Anode Nails Test 2020
ANODE NAILER AUTOMATION
Robotic Anode Nailer
Improving Cathode Performance and extending reduction cell life
AluCellTech's cathode assembly technologies include:
- CATHODE NAILS
- ARC-CAST SHAPED CAST IRON CONNECTION
- COPPER COLLECTOR BAR WITH STAINLESS STEEL CASING
These technologies provide the following benefits:
- reduce cathode electrical resistance and cathode voltage drop to save power.
- increase and decrease cathode to collector bar contact resistance along the length of the collector bar to improve the uniformity of current density over the surface of the cathode.
- reduce horizontal electrical currents in the molten aluminium layer, to reduce MHD turbulence
- decrease current density at the ends of the cathode to reduce corrosion and extend cell life.
MAGNETIC POTSHELL COOLING FINS & INSULATION BLANKETS
Controlling your potshell heat transfer and frozen bath ledge thickness
Potshell heat transfer is a critical aspect of aluminium reduction. Potshell cooling fins provide extra cooling to maintain a protective frozen bath layer on the inside of the potshell walls, and may enable an increase in potline amperage by removing the extra heat.
Potshell insulation blankets reduce the heat transfer and would be used around the corners and bottom edges of a potshell to reduce the frozen bath thickness in 'cold' corners, or along the outside edges of the cathodes.
The magnetic mounting of these cooling fins and insulation blankets allows convenient application on only those potshell surfaces that require extra cooling or extra insulation.
The cooling fins may be attached to the potshell manually or with the aid of an extended tool to reach around obstructions.