Direct Reduced Iron

Direct Reduced Iron Direct reduced iron (DRI) is also known as sponge iron. It is produced by the reduction of iron ore (in the form of lumps or pellets) by either non-coking coal or a reducing gas produced by reforming of natural gas. The reducing gas can also be produced by the gasification of coal. The reducing gas is normally a mixture. The majority gases in this mixture are hydrogen (H2) and carbon mono oxide (CO). These gases act as reducing agents. The reduction process is conducted at high temperature but substantially below the melting point of iron. Since the reduction reaction takes place in solid state, the lump or pellet retain their original shape, but are considerably lighter due to the removal of the oxygen from the ore. Hence the produced direct reduced iron has a highly porous structure. This porous structure gives DRI an appearance of a sponge and because of it, DRI is also known as sponge iron. Iron content in the DRI is in two forms. One is in metallic form which is known as metallic iron, Fe (M), and the second form is iron present in residual iron oxides, Fe (O). The total iron Fe (T) in DRI is the sum of these two iron components. Metallic iron is the aggregate quantity of iron, either free or combined with carbon (as cementite) present in DRI. Metallization of DRI is a measure of the conversion of iron oxides into metallic iron (either free or in combination with carbon as cementite) by removal of oxygen due to the action of the reductant used. Degree of metallization of DRI is the extent of conversion of iron oxide into metallic iron during reduction. It is defined in percentage of the mass of metallic iron divided by the mass of...