This thesis describes research into the behaviour of process loops in a glass-melting
furnace at Redfearn National Glass, Barnsley. The objectives were to
ascertain methods of determining improved control strategies and to study in
detail the furnace parameters affecting fuel consumption. An initial survey of
the literature showed a lack of consensus over the best methods to adopt, but
from certain sources a basic methodology was taken. An improved methodology
was derived and this was employed to identify the characteristics of the
major loops. [Continues.]
A doctoral thesis submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy at Loughborough University.
Science and Engineering Research Council. Redfearn National Glass Ltd.