Ferro-Chrome

Ferro-Chrome Ferro-chrome (Fe-Cr) is an alloy comprised of iron (Fe) and chromium (Cr).  Besides Cr and Fe, it also contains varying amounts of carbon (C) and other elements such as silicon (Si), sulphur (S), and phosphorus (P). It is used primarily in the production of stainless steel. The ratio in which the two metals (Fe and Cr) are combined can vary, with the proportion of Cr ranging between 50 % and 70 %. Fe-Cr is frequently classified by the ratio of Cr to C it contains. The vast majority of Fe-Cr produced globally is the ‘charge chrome’. It has a lower Cr to C ratio and is most commonly produced for use in stainless steel production. The charge chrome grade was introduced to differentiate it from the conventional high carbon Fe-Cr (HC Fe-Cr). The second largest produced Fe-Cr ferro-alloy is the HC Fe-Cr which has a higher content of Cr than charge chrome and is being produced from higher grade of the chromite ore. Other grades of Fe-Cr are ‘medium carbon Fe-Cr’ (MC Fe-Cr) and ‘low carbon Fe-C’ (LC Fe-Cr). MC Fe-Cr is also known as intermediate carbon Fe-Cr and can contain upto 4 % of carbon. LC Fe-Cr typically has the Cr content of 60 % minimum with C content ranging from 0.03 % to 0.15 %.  However C content in LC Fe-Cr can be upto 1 %. In international trade, Fe-Cr is classified primarily according to its C content. The common categories of Fe-Cr used in international trade are as follows. Charge chrome with a base of 52 % Cr. HC Fe-Cr with C content ranging from 6 % to 8 %, base of 60 % Cr, and a maximum of 1.5 % Si. HC Fe-Cr with C content ranging from 6...