Design of a neural network controller for the electrode control system in the electric arc furnace

Design of a neural network controller for the electrode control system in the electric arc furnace

Mina KoochakiMehri Lotfi 

Department of Electrical Engineering Khomeinishahr Branch, Islamic Azad University, Khomeinishahr/Isfahan, Iran

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31 August 2017
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The significance of steel making in the modern world has made the development of electric arc furnaces one of the top priorities in researches. The goal of this thesis is to design an artificial neural network in order to optimize the function of electric arc furnaces. At first the current loop of electrode control system has been simulated in MATLAB Simulink for Cassie-Mayr mathematical model of electric arc furnace. In this case, the input of the system is constant impedance set-points which are implemented by operators. So, change of conditions and output of the furnace do not affect the system input. Then, by using the output data from two different steel complexes of Iran, an artificial neural network has been designed for simulating a compensator system. Considering the RMS data achieved by the transformers, the RMS of input current is used as input current of EAF. By implementing this system on the current loop as the external loop, which includes furnace related inputs, a coefficient factor is created. By this factor, the constant impedances are corrected and optimized. In addition, it is observed that the impedance error of the new system significantly decreased compared to the impedance error of the simulation of the current system.


electric arc furnace (EAF), electrode control system, neural energy control (NEC)

1. Introduction
2. Electric arc furnace, mathematical model and simulation
3. Artificial neural network, design and simulation of NEC
4. Simulation of the control loop
5. Conclusion

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