Dr.-Ing. Thomas Echterhof, academic director

Address: RWTH Aachen University
Department for Industrial Furnaces and Heat Engineering
Kopernikusstr. 10
52074 Aachen
Phone: +49 (0) 241-80 25958
E-Mail: echterhof@iob.rwth-aachen.de
Room: 01-223

Group Manager Energy and Mass Balances


Energy and mass balances of plants and processes of the metal producing and metalworking industry, especially electric arc furnaces and industrial furnaces for heat treatment.

Fields of activity

  • Process analysis and optimization of high temperature processes like EAF steelmaking
  • Use of biomass in EAF steelmaking
  • Process modeling and simulation
  • Energy balances of industrial furnaces
  • Investigation of the nitrogen oxide emissions of electric arc furnaces and ladle furnaces
  • Application of gas analytics for the determination of energy and mass flows in processes, especially electric arc furnaces
  • Heat treatment under protective gas/vacuum atmosphere



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