Concept Development of Automated Unit Performing Anode Covering Operation in Aluminium Electrolysis Plant
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This thesis goes into early-stage (Fuzzy Front End) concept generation for comprehensive, multidisciplinary projects in extreme environments, such as a fully autonomous unit performing anode covering in an aluminum electrolysis plant. Through cycles of low resolution prototyping of product concepts and relevant environment effects, the author elaborates assumed objectives related to the operation and the hazardous pot environment. The development process applies high flexibility, with rapid, qualitative testing of prototypes. This may continuously change or dispose initial objectives for the product, as a natural part of the concept detailing. This guides the suggested product and operation concepts towards accomplishing objectives with sufficiency.