Vibration of electrodes in Electric Arc Furnace (EAF) fed by AC current for steel melting is usually fairly large. It might be dangerous for the EAF operation and often reduces the efficiency of melting process. Vibration amplitude depends on the vertical position control operated to keep the arc length constant as much as possible and to the electromechanical actions due to the mutual magnetic induction among the three electric phases. Since designer of the EAF system needs a clear correlation between each design parameter and the dynamics observed a first modeling activity was performed. A mechatronic approach was implemented, by including the electromechanical coupling into the structural analysis performed to predict the system dynamics. A Multi Body Dynamics (MBD) code was used in cooperation with the Finite Element Method (FEM). A preliminary experimental validation on a real plant was tentatively performed.

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