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Danieli Corus asked us to investigate the possibility to lighten the steel construction of a new gas cleaning plant. Vicoma and its five engineers immediately set to work and achieved a total steel reduction of 27%.

Project: development of new gas purification plant

Danieli Corus was involved in the realisation of a new gas cleaning plant for Aluminium Bahrain. Another party had made the initial calculations for this. The problem: considerably more steel was needed for this production than for an earlier, already realised plant. Danieli Corus asked Vicoma to take a critical look at the construction. Our five-strong team of engineers went straight to work, as the steel structure had to be manufactured as quickly as possible.

Vicoma’s role: recalculating steel constructions

Our engineers made basic and detailed calculations and critically examined the construction of the Bag House Structure. The conclusion was that the steel profiles could indeed be made smaller and that optimisations were possible: a 23% reduction in steel compared to earlier calculations. In addition, the engineers discovered that steel reduction was also possible for other components such as the Pipe Bridges, the Cooling Tower Platform and the Silo Structure.

Result: total steel reduction of 27 per cent

For this project, our engineers worked closely and personally with the engineers of our client Danieli Corus. We had to change gear quickly and the results are impressive. According to the new calculations, the construction of the gas cleaning plant for Aluminium Bahrein required 255.2 tonnes of steel instead of 348.6 tonnes. A total steel reduction of 27 percent and therefore a sustainable, cost-saving solution.

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