One Heat Pot Balance to Check Entry Strip Temperature

11 March 2021 • 11 a.m.–Noon

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The paper will first review the principle of the method proposed, using the industrial data during normal production. It is mostly based on a previous paper presented at Galvatech. The “quality” of the balance will then be discussed. Industrial results obtained on different lines will be shown, including the range of heat losses observed. The question of data filtering as well as the difficulties observed in various situations will be addressed. The conclusion discusses the benefit of the method and the recommendations for common use.


Michel DuBois, CMI Industry

Michel DuBois received a master’s degree in metallurgy from Liege University Belgium in 1977. He has been in charge all types of process and product expertise for the CMI customers. This includes, for example, process and metallurgical trainings, process expertise for new projects, and technical audits of existing lines to improve quality and/or productivity. He worked on the hot-dip galvanizing (HDG) process for 30 years at ArcelorMittal. He joined CMI, now John Cockerill, in 2007 as an expert in hot dip coating. He has published numerous papers dealing with the various aspects of the HDG process, including pot management, pot hardware, wiping, strip vibration, etc. He is now retired from John Cockerill but is still working as a consultant.


Frank Goodwin, International Zinc Association
Since his retirement from International Zinc Association in June 2020, Frank Goodwin has been active as an independent consultant on issues related to zinc production, downstream processing and use. Before this he served as director of technology and market development at International Zinc Association, Goodwin joined International Lead Zinc Research Organization (ILZRO) in 1982 and was executive vice president of ILZRO at the time of merger between ILZRO and IZA in 2004. He earned his S.M. and Sc.D. degrees in materials engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass., USA, together with a B.S. degree (with distinction) in materials science and engineering from Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y., USA. He is the author of several U.S. and foreign patents and more than 400 technical publications and contributions to books. His service to the steel industry includes chairmanship of the global Galvatech conference series and founding chair of the AIST Galvanizing Technology Committee, for which he continues to serve as papers co-chair. He is listed in Who’s Who in Science and Engineering and similar directories. His awards include the Nyselius Award of North American Die Casting Association, the Nevison Award from the Galvanizers Association (USA), the EGGA Pin from the European General Galvanizers Association, and Life Membership in Wire Association International.


AIST’s Galvanizing Technology Committee