History of Basic Oxygen Steelmaking Dec16

History of Basic Oxygen Steelmaking...

History of Basic Oxygen Steelmaking  Basic oxygen steelmaking (BOS) is the process of making steel by blowing pure oxygen (O2) in a liquid metal bath contained in a vessel which is known as basic oxygen furnace (BOF), LD converter, or simply converter. The history of steelmaking began in the 19th century, when Reaumur of France in 1772, Kelly of the United States in 1850 and Bessemer of Britain in 1856 discovered how to improve on pig iron by controlling the carbon content of iron alloys, which thus truly become steels. While Reaumur, a chemist, was driven by scientific curiosity, but Kerry and Bessemer being engineers, were responding to the need for larger quantities and better qualities of steel which the industrial revolution, with its looms, steam engines, machines and railroads, had created. This had started a dialectical relationship between science and technology and the basic concepts of refining hot metal (pig iron) by oxidizing carbon (C) in a liquid bath were invented at that time. This was a radical change from the gas-solid reaction in the shaft furnaces, the predecessors of blast furnaces which reduce iron ore with charcoal, or from the puddling of iron which was a forging and refining technology carried out in the solid state and which has no equivalent in the present time. The intensity of innovations which at the second half of the 19th century was impressive and it brought a paradigm shift. Steel making by Bessemer converter came into existence in 1856, the open hearth furnace, which can melt scrap in addition to refining hot metal, was discovered nine years only after the Bessemer converter in 1865, and the basic Thomas converter twelve years later in 1877.  The Thomas converter was using air for the refining of the...

Factors affecting Lining Life of a Basic Oxygen Converter Sep20

Factors affecting Lining Life of a Basic Oxygen Converter...

Factors affecting Lining Life of a Basic Oxygen Converter The life, reliability and costs of lining in a basic oxygen converter are vital for the smooth operations of the steel melting shop utilizing basic oxygen process for steel production.  Higher lining life results into improved availability of the converter which in turn improves its productivity. Three important factors for achieving higher lining life of the basic oxygen converter (Fig 1) are (i) qualities of refractories and their laying pattern in the converter, (ii) operating practices followed, and (iii) monitoring of the lining wear and practices for the maintenance of the refractory lining. Development of improved refractory materials in combination with improved process control and better maintenance during campaigns make it possible to increase the lining life of the basic oxygen converter. Fig 1 Factors affecting lining life of the basic oxygen converter These days without exception, basic oxygen converters are lined with magnesia – carbon (MgO-C) refractories because of their superior properties than other types of converter lining materials. However zoned refractory lining practices are followed by using MgO-C refractories of different qualities in different areas of the converter. The causes of wear of refractories in the basic oxygen converter are either due to chemical reasons or due to the physical reasons. Chemical causes for the wear of the converter lining are mainly due to gaseous materials (oxidizing gases, reducing gases, and water vapour), liquid materials (slag. hot metal, and liquid steel melt), and solid materials (fluxes, and carbon disintegration).  Physical causes for the wear of the converter lining are excessive temperatures (poor dissipation, and hot spots), static mechanical stresses (spalling, and expansion), and dynamic mechanical stresses (abrasion, impact, and vibrations). The key wear mechanisms of the refractory lining of basic oxygen converter can...

Blowing of Oxygen in Converter Steelmaking Sep14

Blowing of Oxygen in Converter Steelmaking...

 Blowing of Oxygen in Converter Steelmaking Oxygen (O2) is blown on the hot metal in the converter during steel making for removal of impurities such as carbon (C), silicon (Si), manganese (Mn), and phosphorus (P) etc.  A water cooled lance is used to inject oxygen at very high velocities onto a liquid bath to produce steel. In the 1950s when the top blown converter process was commercialized and the size of the converter was limited to 50 tons maximum then a lance with a single hole lance tip was being used for the blowing of O2 in the converter. With the passage of time the converter size went on increasing. This has necessitated increase of number of holes in the lance tip for better distribution of O2 over a larger surface of the bath in the converter. With the increasing demands to produce higher quality steels with lower impurity levels, O2 of very high purity is required for steelmaking in the converter. The O2 needed for steelmaking is to be at least 99.5 % pure, and ideally 99.7 % to 99.8 % pure. The remaining parts are 0.005 % to 0.01 % nitrogen (N2) and the rest is argon (Ar). In top-blown converters, the O2 is jetted at supersonic velocities with convergent divergent nozzles at the tip of the water cooled lance. A forceful gas jet penetrates the slag and impinges onto the surface of the liquid bath to refine the steel. Today most of the converters operate with lance tips containing 3 to 6 nozzles. Even 8 nozzles lance tips are under use. The axes of each of the nozzles in a lance with a multi hole lance tip are inclined with respect to the lance axes and equally spaced around the tip....

Quality of Lime for Steelmaking in Converter Sep08

Quality of Lime for Steelmaking in Converter...

Quality of Lime for Steelmaking in Converter Lime is a white crystalline solid with a melting point of 2572 deg C. It is a basic oxide and is used to react with the acidic oxides (e.g. silica). It is calcium oxide (CaO) produced on heating (calcination) of limestone (CaCO3) to a temperature of 900 deg C and above (usually 1100 deg C). CaCO3(s) + heat = CaO(s) + CO2 (g) This reaction is reversible. Calcium oxide reacts with carbon dioxide to form calcium carbonate. The reaction is driven to the right by flushing of carbon dioxide from the mixture as it is released. Hydrated lime Ca(OH)2 is formed by reaction of lime with water (slaking). Hydrated lime is also known as slaked lime. CaO + H2O = Ca(OH)2 + heat Lime as a basic flux in steel production and it plays an important role in the sequence of metallurgical reactions taking place in a converter. Steel is produced from hot metal by oxidizing sulphur (S), phosphorus (P), carbon (C), silicon (Si), manganese (Mn), and other impurities so that they can enter the slag or gas phases, thus separating from the metal phase. Lime in steelmaking is mainly used to produce slag for the removal of these harmful elements in liquid bath and optimize the quality of liquid steel. The basic oxygen process oxidizes impurities in an oxygen converter also known as basic oxygen furnace (BOF) where the hot metal comes in contact with oxygen. Oxidized impurities of the hot metal are absorbed in a slag, which is formed with the help of calcined lime. Metallurgical lime in the fifties consisted of a mixture of particles of all sizes from very coarse to very fine, with additional components such as silicon dioxide and sulphur concentrated...

Role of Slag in Converter Steelmaking Aug01

Role of Slag in Converter Steelmaking...

Role of Slag in Converter Steelmaking The oxygen converter process is the primary steelmaking process for the production of carbon and low-alloy steels. The process is essentially an oxidizing process of refining of the high carbon hot metal (HM) to low carbon liquid steel. The oxidizing process is carried out by blowing oxygen in the converter. This causes liquid iron and the other metallic and non-metallic impurities present in the liquid melt in the converter bath to form oxides that are lighter than the liquid steel and they float to the surface of the bath. The generic name of these oxides is ‘slag’. Some oxides are acidic in nature which can react with the basic refractories of the converter and hence a basic slag using lime and calcined dolomite is usually made for protecting the converter refractories. The oxygen can also react with carbon to create a gas that provides bubbles for foaming the liquid slag and for providing chemical energy needed during steelmaking. In steelmaking process, the slag is predominantly a mixture of oxides with small amounts of sulphides and phosphides. The oxides are either acidic or basic in nature. Slag is formed during refining of hot metal in which Si oxidizes to SiO2, Mn to MnO, Fe to FeO, and P to P2O5 etc., and addition of oxides such as CaO (lime), MgO (calcined dolomite), iron oxide, and others. The addition of oxides is done to obtain desired physico-chemical properties of slag like melting point, basicity, viscosity etc. There are four primary sources for the slag during the steelmaking process in the converter. These are (i) oxidation of metallic elements in the liquid steel (e.g. silicon, manganese, aluminum, titanium, chromium, and vanadium etc.), (ii) due to presence of non-metallics in the liquid...