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Bronze founding: a review of the industry and its energy requirements

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Abstract

There are about 250 foundries casting bronze in the United Kingdom, but the bulk of the production is carried out by probably no more than 50 or 60. This study has revealed marked differences in the patterns of production between the UK and other European countries which may have a significant effect on the competitiveness of the UK industry in the market after 1992. Already valuable markets are probably being lost and the matter should receive early consideration. The total energy bill for the sector is of the order of 10M pounds a year and this is thought to represent about 6% of the estimated value of the production of raw castings. This is a much smaller proportion of the value of the finished components made from the castings. Few foundries monitor the energy consumption of individual stages of production. The evidence suggests that about two thirds of this energy is spent on melting metal as, normally, the weight of metal melted is at least twice that of the castings produced. There is scope for reducing energy use by changes in practice and particularly by raising the yield of good castings manufactured as a proportion of metal melted. This report  More>>
Authors:
Mantle, E C [1] 
  1. Association of Bronze and Brass Founders (GB)
Publication Date:
Feb 01, 1991
Product Type:
Miscellaneous
Report Number:
GB-409
Reference Number:
SCA: 320301; PA: GB-91:052678; SN: 92000657908
Resource Relation:
Journal Issue: no. 2; Other Information: DN: General Information report produced under the Best Practice Programme for the Energy Technology Support Unit, Harwell (GB).; PBD: Feb 1991; Related Information: General Report
Subject:
32 ENERGY CONSERVATION, CONSUMPTION, AND UTILIZATION; FOUNDRIES; ENERGY CONSUMPTION; BRONZE; UNITED KINGDOM; ENERGY EFFICIENCY; RECOMMENDATIONS; 320301; ENERGY SOURCES
OSTI ID:
10116571
Research Organizations:
Department of Energy, London (United Kingdom). Energy Efficiency Office
Country of Origin:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Other Identifying Numbers:
Other: ON: DE92767005; TRN: GB9152678
Availability:
OSTI; NTIS (US Sales Only)
Submitting Site:
GB
Size:
40 p.
Announcement Date:
Jun 30, 2005

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Mantle, E C. Bronze founding: a review of the industry and its energy requirements. United Kingdom: N. p., 1991. Web.
Mantle, E C. Bronze founding: a review of the industry and its energy requirements. United Kingdom.
Mantle, E C. 1991. "Bronze founding: a review of the industry and its energy requirements." United Kingdom.
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