Carbide Industries, LLC – Furnace Building
In March of 2011, a tragic explosion occurred in one of the largest calcium carbide furnaces in the world; destroying the equipment and the building. Kerr-Greulich Engineers, Inc. (KGEI) was called in to assist in the redesign and replacement of the furnace controls. The year-long undertaking involved the replacement of the furnace, the power input system, the furnace charging system, and the building that houses the furnace. Over 200 Carbide personnel, contractors, engineers and technicians worked on the multitude of details which had to be completed prior to the start-up of the furnace. Due to the urgency of the reconstruction, KGEI provided on-site engineering personnel for a substantial portion of the construction period to assist in design.
Highlights of KGEI’s design include:
- Assisted in reconstructing the myriad and complicated control systems as most of the controls had evolved over time with little documentation.
- Worked with local mechanical and electrical sub-contractors making on-site modifications as needed to facilitate the rapid reconstruction process.
- Provided detailed ventilation calculations to aid in the temperature control of the large furnace.