RadiFLAT: Radar-based flatness measurement and control in strip rolling and processing lines
RadiFLAT, a European cooperative research project, officially started on 1st June 2018 with a set duration of 42 months. It receives funding from the European Union’s Research Fund for Coal and Steel.
Its motivation is to develop the worldwide first radar-based strip flatness measurement system, including strip edge detection and width measurement is developed for strip processing lines (rolling, levelling, quenching, ...). The basic technology consists of a multi-radar measurement system that is created to operate with high frequency/resolution (240–300GHz) and precisely work under the extreme conditions of strip processing in terms of dust, vapour, high temperatures, etc. Sophisticated signal processing and process modelling methods will be developed to integrate the measurement technology in the process control and automation. The measurement system will also be made compact even for small space in existing lines, and tested in pilot and industrial mills.
The project consortium is formed by: Asinco, ArcelorMittal, Fraunhofer, Comtes and Anteral.