Production of Ferro-Chrome Jul10

Production of Ferro-Chrome...

Production of Ferro-Chrome Ferro-chrome (Fe-Cr) is an alloy comprised of iron (Fe) and chromium (Cr) 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 carbon (C) it contains. The vast majority of Fe-Cr produced is the ‘charge chrome’. It has a lower Cr to C ratio and is most commonly produced for use in stainless steel production. The second largest produced Fe-Cr ferro-alloy is the ‘high carbon Fe-Cr (HC Fe-Cr) which has a higher content of Cr and is being produced from higher grade 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 minimum 60 % with C content ranging from 0.03 % to 0.15 %.  However C content in LC Fe-Cr can be upto 1 %. Ferro-chrome (Fe-Cr) alloy is essential for the production of stainless steel and special steels which are widely used and are of high quality, typically characterized by a high corrosion resistance and a low tendency to magnetization. The processing cycle of Fe-Cr involves the chemical reduction of the chromite ore. Smelting of HC Fe-Cr ferro-alloy HC Fe-Cr and charge chrome are normally produced by the conventional smelting process utilizing carbo-thermic reduction of chromite ore (consisting oxides of Cr and Fe) using an electric submerged arc furnace (SAF) or a DC (direct current) open arc electric furnace. In SAF, the energy to the furnace is predominantly supplied in a resistive...

Bulk Ferroalloys

Bulk Ferroalloys  Ferroalloys are a group of materials which are alloys of iron that contain a high percentage of one or more non ferrous metals as alloying elements. These alloys are used for the addition of these other elements into liquid metal. They are normally used as addition agents. More than 85 % of ferroalloys produced are used primarily in the manufacture of steel. Ferroalloys are used as master alloys in steel making, alloying of steels, for the production of stainless steels, and in iron or steel foundries. Ferroalloys are used in steel making for deoxidation as well as for the introduction of alloying elements. They are the most economical way for introducing alloying element into the steel. Ferroalloys impart distinctive qualities to steels and cast irons. The effect on the qualities of steels and cast irons largely depends more or less on the following influences. A change in the chemical composition The removal or the tying up of harmful impurities such as oxygen, nitrogen, sulphur or hydrogen A change in the nature of the solidification, for example, upon inoculation. Ferroalloys are also added in steel production for grain size control as well as for improvement in the mechanical properties of steel. Depending upon the process of steelmaking and the type of steel being made, the requirement of different ferroalloys varies widely. The addition of ferroalloys to steel increases its resistance to corrosion and oxidation, improves its hardenability, tensile strength at high temperature, wear and abrasion resistance with added carbon and increases other desired properties in the steel such as creep strength etc. Ferroalloys are vital inputs for producing all types of steel. They are used as raw material in the production of alloys steel and stainless steel. Ferroalloys are usually classified into two...