The overall idea of the project is to develop and demonstrate a product-service-system that integrate multi-physics models, process models, advanced sensors, and virtual data through an optimizing software. The basis for the product-service system is a digital twin called PRO3, which operates through the aluminium process chain. PRO3 has been developed by Hydro during the last ten years and is presently used to simulate and optimize process parameters for internal and external customers in Hydro. In this project, the application of the software is extended to adaptive control. Each process step in the aluminium value chain is associated with process variations as well as variations in chemical composition of the alloy. Without an overall, predictive and adaptive process control system, these variations can accumulate outside tolerance specifications, which may lead to huge added production costs in terms of scrapped components and parts. The adaptive control system that is developed in the project will be demonstrated through extrusion and forming processes on products from the consortium companies within the markets automotive, furniture and sports. Hydro, Raufoss Technology, Flokk and IDT Solutions are all innovative Norwegian manufacturers, emphasizing added value sustainable products for global markets.
Project leader: Ole Runar Myhr
Institution: Norsk Hydro ASA