The need to reduce CO2 emissions and the increasingly fluctuating energy supply from regenerative sources are a challenge both for industrial furnace construction and for operators of high-temperature processes. Networked computer models and precise measurement data are indispensable as a basis for model calculations in order to be able to guarantee optimum energy efficiency and consistently high product quality, not only in the design of new furnace systems but also in the control and monitoring of production processes in furnaces. The project aims to develop appropriate digital tools for the future needs of furnace manufacturers and users.
A methodology is to be developed which allows a virtual development of thermo process plants using digital furnace twins with high prediction accuracy. For the necessary precise data basis the thermo-optical measuring methods TOM_wave and TOM_mech developed at the Fraunhofer Centre HTL are to be qualified for the routine measurement of the high temperature properties of furnace materials. For the resulting material data, a data structure is to be developed which is compatible with the MaterialDigital platform (www.materialdigital.de) currently being set up.