Advanced techniques for cement plant upgrades

There are still many Portland Cement manufacturing facilities world-wide utilizing long-wet and long-dry pyro-processing technology. In today’s global market, there are many reasons to upgrade those plants to the most modern preheater/precalciner technology. In order to make this change in the most efficient manner, many considerations need to be evaluated. Using state-of-the-art engineering techniques can reduce capital costs and improve operating costs for the new plant. These techniques are being used today on many projects in the cement industry. This paper will go through the steps required in a typical major cement plant upgrade, introduce the most modern design techniques as they apply to some of the steps, and present many points to consider when planning and executing such a project.
Author: S. Guinther

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