Reduction of HF Emissions from the TRIMET Aluminum Smelter (Optimizing Dry Scrubber Operations and Its Impact on Process Operations)

  • Martin Iffert
  • Markus Kuenkel
  • Maria Skyllas-Kazacos
  • Barry Welch


Aluminum smelters worldwide are challenged by increasing ecological and economical pressure. Higher line amperages gain production output but increase the HF load on dry scrubbers. Another important factor today is the tight alumina market, hence it is necessary to accommodate dry scrubber and potline operations to different alumina sources and qualities regarding their HF generation and scrubbing efficiency as well as its impact on bath chemistry. The TRIMET smelter optimized dry scrubber operations by the use of a laser based HF measuring system in each of the 20 filter modules. Based on the HF level in the outlet of each filter the alumina flow to each filter is pulse-duration modulated, thus tightly control the HF emission level in the outlet gas. This paper describes the application of the new measuring and control principle and its impact on HF scrubbing efficiency and bath chemistry.


Dry Scrubber HF Adsorption HF Generation HF Management Bath Chemistry 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Martin Iffert
    • 1
  • Markus Kuenkel
    • 1
  • Maria Skyllas-Kazacos
    • 2
  • Barry Welch
    • 2
  1. 1.TRIMET ALUMINIUM AGEssenGermany
  2. 2.Centre for Electrochemistry and Mineral ProcessingUniversity of New South WalesSydneyAustralia

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