A CFD model for end port glass furnaces’ combustion


The CFD activity is currently focused on the assesment of a reliable combustion model for End Port furnaces.
Preliminar investigations on the state of the art for turbulent combustion modelling led to chose the so called “flamelet approach” as best compromise between accuracy and computational costs.
Thanks to the partnership with MOXOFF, based in Milan, it is possible to develope in parallel several branches within the main worflow:

– In depth analysis of advantages/disadvantages offered by commercial software (Fluent, ICEM) and open-source software (OpenFOAM, SnappyHexMesh) in terms of grid generation and physical simulation.

– Simulation set-up and validation of experimental data for different furnaces under different working conditions.

Encouraging results have been already achieved for Trezzano 3 (Fluent simulation).
The concentration of chemical species (including minor species like NO and CO) and temperature levels are quite close to the real values.


Cold air staging plant

Corsico ASF

The cold air-staging test plant is currently under construction in the Vidrala factory of Corsico (Milano – Italia). As soon as it will be ready, the tests will start, in order to obtain the data that will allow us to optimize the design of the hot air-staging solution.

Prime Glass project presented on November 2013 ATIV Congress


The Prime Glass project has been presented by Doctor A. Mola (in the picture with SSV Doctor N. Favaro) at November 2013 XXVIII ATIV Conference. The presentation of the article written by Stara Glass and UNIGE has been about energy saving, pollution reduction and the next future evolution of glass furnace technology. The slides they used are available for download in the download section of this website.


Welcome to Primeglass.it!

This website is meant to update you about our LIFE project “ENV IT 001020 LIFE PRIME GLASS” in which we want to trial and demonstrate technologies that will significantly improve  environmental impact of the glass industry.

We are currently testing several types of infrared cameras and designing a relative cooling system that will allow us to perform our chemical analysis at a temperature of 1800°C. We are also developing CFD models for a theoretical analysis and optimization of our technologies, and recruiting operative glass production plants to start the tests.