Submerged Arc Furnaces Jul15

Submerged Arc Furnaces...

Submerged Arc Furnaces  industrial utilization of electrical energy started with the development of the dynamo machine by Werner von Siemens. Electric arc furnaces have been used for many years both for the melting of scrap iron (open arc furnaces) and for reduction processes (submerged arc furnaces). In case of the submerged arc furnace (SAF), ore and reducing agent are fed to the furnace continuously from the top so that the electrodes are buried in the mix and the arc is submerged. The furnace is named submerged-arc furnace since the arc is submerged. The most common physical arrangement consists of a circular bath with three vertical electrodes arranged in a triangle. Six electrode furnaces with circular or rectangular baths are also used but they are less common. Submerged arc furnaces have found their application in more than 20 different main industrial areas such as ferro alloy, chemical industry, lead, zinc, copper, refractory, titanium oxide, recycling, phosphorus etc. A typical schematic diagram of a submerged arc furnace for ferro chrome production along with material balance is given at Fig.1 Fig 1 Typical schematic diagram of a submerged arc furnace for ferro chrome production along with material balance.  History  The increasing demand for ferro alloys and deoxidation agents in steel making in the beginning of the twentieth century led to the development of the first submerged arc furnace. The construction of the first SAF was started in 1905. This 1.5 MVA unit was installed in Horst Ruhr, Essen, Germany for the production of calcium carbide. It was successfully commissioned in 1906 and was based on DC (direct current) technology. Since then a large number of SAFs (both with DC and AC based furnaces) have been commissioned with diverse applications. Today, the majority of submerged arc furnaces are...