Corus Northern Engineering Services (CNES) Technical Solutions has successfully completed the refurbishment of a flexible cooling (quenching) system at Corus’ Swinden Technology Centre (STC) in
The refurbishment will enable the company to determine a range of cooling strategies for steel products.
The project involved refurbishment of the roller table, replacing existing rollers with rollers of a smaller diameter. According to Corus, the smaller rollers are used to improve access for the cooling medium underneath the product. The roll top elevation was maintained and the drive was also geared to sustain the table linear speed. The smaller diameter rollers meant that a greater number (192) of directional spray nozzles could be installed, which provides an improved spray pattern and more even cooling of the steel.
Andy Dunsmore, programme manager at Corus Construction & Industrial based at Corus’ Swinden Technology Centre said: ‘The system will enable us to make better, more informed decisions with regard to cooling methods for different steel products. We can now simulate different cooling techniques for different types and grades of steel, for a wide range of applications for product and market development.’
As well as the roller replacement, CNES Technical Solutions also supplied a new pump and nozzle arrangement to meet the customer’s specification of flow, pressure and nozzle spacing. The project also included the supply of a new motor control panel, addition of controls to the existing desk, installation and commissioning. The previous control system was less automated.
David Hawksworth, project engineer at CNES Technical Solutions commented: ‘Following the successful completion of the project, we are anticipating projects for enhancements to other equipment at STC.’