ULCORED Process Mar18

ULCORED Process

ULCORED Process ULCORED is a direct reduction (DR) process, which produces DRI (direct reduced iron) in a shaft furnace, either from natural gas (NG) or from reducing gas obtained by gasification of coal. Off-gas from the shaft is recycled into the process after carbon di-oxide (CO2) has been captured, which leaves the DR plant in a concentrated stream and goes to storage. The DRI step produces a solid product which is then melted using an electric arc furnace (EAF). The process was designed mainly in 2006 by a team led by LKAB, Voest-alpine and MEFOS. The objective of the ULCORED process was to reduce the NG consumption needed to produce DRI. It was achieved by replacing traditional reforming technology with partial oxidation (POx) of NG. Combined with CCS device, ULCORED can reduce 70 % CO2 emission compared with the average in the BF route. The concept of the ULCORED process involves separating CO2 out of the process gas. It is characterized by an effort to adopt gas based DR process to a minimized emission of green- house gases (GHG), using CO2 capture and storage (CCS) technology and at the same time to a minimized use of energy. The process is designed in a way which allows for the extraction and storage of CO2. The process is therefore also dependent on CCS with a similar in-process capture. The process is based on the utilization of a shifter to convert the carbon monoxide (CO) gas from the shaft to hydrogen (H2) together with a CO2 removal unit. This opens up a new innovative evolution of the process concept. The main features of the ULCORED DR process include (i) use of oxygen (O2) instead of air resulting into an off gas of nearly 100 % CO2 which...

Development of Smelting Reduction Processes for Ironmaking Mar08

Development of Smelting Reduction Processes for Ironmaking...

Development of Smelting Reduction Processes for Ironmaking Smelting reduction (SR) processes are the most recent development in the production technology of hot metal (liquid iron). These processes combine the gasification of non-coking coal with the melt reduction of iron ore. Energy intensity of SR processes is lower than that of blast furnace (BF), since the production of coke is not needed and the need for preparation of iron ore is also reduced. SR ironmaking process was conceived in the late 1930s. The history of the development of SR processes goes back to the 1950s. The laboratory scale fundamental studies on the SR of iron ore were started first by Dancy in 1951. However, serious efforts started from 1980 onwards. There have been two separate lines of development of primary ironmaking technology during the second half of twentieth century. The first line of development was centred on the BF which remained the principal process unit for the hot metal production. In general, this line of the development did not encompass any radical process changes in the furnace itself. It proceeded through a gradual evolution which involved (i) increase in the furnace size, (ii) improvement in the burden preparation, (iii) increase in the top pressure, (iv) increase of hot blast temperature, (v) bell-less charging and improvements in burden distribution, (vi) improvements in refractories and cooling systems, (vii) injection of auxiliary fuels (fuel gas, liquid fuel, or pulverized coal) and enrichment of hot air blast with oxygen (O2), and (viii) application of automation as well as improvements in instrumentation and control technology. The continued success of the ironmaking in BF reflects the very high levels of thermal and chemical efficiencies which can be achieved during the production of hot metal and the consequent cost advantages. In fact,...

Direct Reduced Iron and its Production Processes Mar16

Direct Reduced Iron and its Production Processes...

Direct Reduced Iron and its Production Processes Direct reduced iron (DRI) is technically defined as iron ore which has been reduced to metal without melting it. Hot briquetted iron (HBI) is a densified form of DRI to facilitate its handling and transport. History The first patent was in 1792 in United Kingdom presumably utilizing a rotary kiln but the development of the modern direct reduction (DR) process began in the middle of 19th century. Since 1920 more than 100 DR have been invented and operated. Most of them have not survived. The modern era of DR production began on December 5, 1957 when the HYL process plant first started production at Hylsa. TheĀ  first plant using Midrex process came into operation in May 17, 1969 at Oregon Steel mills in Portland, Oregon. DRI Production process A DRI production process is one in which the solid metallic iron is obtained directly from solid iron ore without subjecting the ore or the metal to fusion. The process principle is shown in Fig. 1. Fig 1 DRI process principle Major DRI production processes are either gas based or coal based. Feed material in a DRI process is either iron ore sized to 10 to 30mm or iron ore pellets produced in an iron ore pellet plant. In the gas based plant the reactor, the reduction reaction takes place is a shaft furnace. The shaft furnace works on counter current principle where the iron ore feed material moves downward in the furnace by gravity and gets reduced by the up flowing reducing gases. The pressure and temperature in shaft furnace in HYL process is 5-6 bars and 800-850 deg C. The same in Midrex process is 1-1.5 bar and 800-850 deg. C. In a coal based plant the...