|About this Abstract
||Materials Science & Technology 2017
||Processing and Performance of Materials Using Microwaves, Electric and Magnetic Fields, Ultrasound, Lasers, and Mechanical Work – Rustum Roy Symposium
||Energy and Productivity Potential of Electrotechnologies in Industrial Process Heating Systems
||Joe Cresko, Sachin Nimbalkar, Arvind Thekdi
|On-Site Speaker (Planned)
Electromagnetic energy interacts with different materials in unique ways, which can enable new or enhanced materials, manufacturing processes, and products, leading towards energy productivity benefits. While previous studies have estimated the potential for increased use of electrotechnologies for industrial operations such as process heating, these studies do not systematically quantify the combined energy and productivity benefits that could be realized with greater uptake of state-of-the-art as well as emerging electrotechnologies. Our presentation will provide a review of the methodology and results that quantify the energy and productivity potential for electrotechnologies to enable improvements over current process heating methods. Our work recognizes that a wide knowledge gap exists between the demands of currently used process heating systems and electrotechnologies, and our study is informed by expert elicitation that addresses issues related to the status of the research and the current and anticipated commercial availability of electrotechnology systems to meet industrial requirements.