Important Aspects of Continuous Casting of Billets Mar31

Important Aspects of Continuous Casting of Billets...

Important Aspects of Continuous Casting of Billets Continuous casting of steel billets is an operation which is sensitive to a number of factors. It is to be performed with adequate controls and with steadiness and in such a way so as to produce safe casting product with sound steel mechanical properties, and to ensure a continuous process with limited delays. The process requires good control of operating parameters in order to produce sound and continuous billets. Important aspects of the continuous casting of billets are (i) quality of the billets, (ii) productivity of the machine, and (iii) cost of production. There is necessity to optimize the performance parameters to achieve high productivity and required billet quality with decreasing operating costs. The machine availability and the process reliability are the important factors during the continuous casting of the billets. The continuous casting of billet is a highly flexible process in which the operator is to react to changing requirements extremely quickly. The steel qualities needed from a billet continuous casting machine range from simple construction steel (rebar) to state-of-the-art ‘special bar quality’ (SBQ) for the automotive industry and other engineering applications, as well as high grade wire products such as soft-steel wires, pre-stressed concrete reinforcing wire, and tire cord. During the continuous casting, the quality of cast steel billets, thermal stress, surface defects and cracks formation are highly dependent on the temperature distribution along the entire continuously cast billet. The main attention is usually paid to the surface temperatures and particularly to the corner temperature distributions. However, from the technological point of view the temperature distribution in the core of cast billet, which is highly related to the metallurgical length and to the unbending process, is very important as well. Therefore, monitoring of temperature field...