Properties and Uses of Steelmaking Slag...

Properties and Uses of Steelmaking Slag Steelmaking slag is an integral part of the steelmaking process. It is produced during the separation of the liquid steel from impurities in steelmaking furnace and is a non-metallic by-product of steelmaking process. It occurs as a molten liquid melt and is a complex solution of silicates and oxides which solidifies upon cooling. It primarily consists of silicates, alumina silicates, calcium aluminum silicates, iron oxides and crystalline compounds. During steelmaking, slag is produced in the hot metal pretreatment processes (desulphurization, desiliconization, and dephosphorization etc.), in the primary steelmaking processes (basic oxygen furnace, electric arc furnace, and induction furnace), slag formed during the secondary refining processes (this slag is sometimes called ?secondary refining slag? or ?ladle slag?), and slag formed in tundish during continuous casting of steel (also known as tundish slag). The slag generated in the basic oxygen furnace (BOF) and electric arc furnace (EAF) is of basic nature while the slag is of acidic nature in induction furnace because of the use of silica ramming mass as the lining material. Since most of the steel produced in the world is by BOF and EAF processes, hence slag from these processes is discussed in this article. The processing of the steelmaking slag (Fig 1) is normally carried out by (i) solidifying and cooling of the hot liquid slag, (ii) crushing and magnetic separation treatment of the slag to recover the scrap, (iii) crushing and classification of the slag for grain size adjustment to manufacture the slag product, and (iv) aging treatment of the slag product for improving its quality and volumetric stability. These processes are explained below.   Fig 1 Processing of steelmaking slag As steelmaking slag is formed, it is in a molten or red-hot state at...

Synthetic Slag for Secondary Steelmaking...

Synthetic Slag for Secondary Steelmaking Synthetic slag consists of prepared mixture of several individual oxides which is used during secondary steelmaking to assist the steel treatment in the ladle from the viewpoint of effective refinement. Synthetic slag practice is normally used to obtain clean steels and also for the desulphurization of the liquid steel. Secondary steelmaking is a critical quality control step between the primary steelmaking and the continuous casting of the liquid steel. A key feature for success with the secondary steelmaking processes is the slag control. Use of synthetic slag which is specifically designed to have the required chemical composition and physical properties helps in the slag control. The  desirable properties of the synthetic slag include (i) slag is to have high sulphide capacity, (ii) it is to be basic in nature, (iii) it is to be fluid to obtain faster reaction rates, and (iv) it is not to cause excessive refractory wear. The secondary steelmaking slag is in liquid form in the ladle and floats on the surface of liquid steel which is usually at temperature of 1,600 deg or higher. It acts like a sponge to absorb the impurities consisting mainly of sulphur and non-metallic inclusions. The design of the slag is a critical step impacting the efficiency of the steel refining processes during the secondary steelmaking. Slag regime in secondary steelmaking significantly influences the final quality of the produced steel, particularly with respect to the achieved desulphurization of steel. One of the possibilities for influencing the slag regime is the application of synthetic slags to the ladle slag, formed from slag-making additions during the liquid steel tapping. Synthetic slag practice during secondary steelmaking maximizes the efficiency of the steel refining process by (i) improving steel quality, (ii) improving productivity,...