Natural Gas- its Characteristics and Safety Requirements...

Natural Gas- its Characteristics and Safety Requirements Natural gas (NG)  is a fuel gas which is used in steel plants as an auxiliary fuel for injection in blast furnace, for the production of gas based direct reduced iron, and for heating in various furnaces subject to local availability and the cost. NG is an environmentally friendly non renewable fossil fuel which is found in underground deposits in its gas phase. It exists as a gas under atmospheric conditions. It is basically a hydrocarbon gas mixture consisting primarily of methane. It is a clean fuel with a high efficiency. NG is normally supplied as (i) piped natural gas (PNG),  (ii) compressed natural gas (CNG), and (iii) liquefied natural gas (LNG). Modes of handling natural gas is given in Fig 1. Fig 1 Modes of handling natural gas NG is transported normally to long distances (up to 5000 kms) through a pipeline net work. The pressure of NG in the pipeline depends on several factors which include (i) quantity of gas to be transported, (ii) diameter of the pipeline,  (iii) the distances involved, and (iv) the safety of the gas pipeline and environment. However at the consumer end the pipeline pressure is generally less than 16 atmosphere. CNG is a form of natural gas which undergoes compression (200 to 250 kg/sq cm) into containers wherefrom it is relayed to consumers who, due to geographic and other reasons are incapable of connecting into the NG pipeline. CNG is storable. Unlike NG conveyed via pipelines and immediately consumed (similarly to electricity), CNG can be used for storage and for discontinuous utilization. NG compression into containers raises risk levels. LNG is made by cooling natural gas to a temperature of minus 162 deg C. At this temperature, natural gas becomes...

Types of Energy used in a Steel Plants and Energy Conservation...

Types of Energy used in a Steel Plants and Energy Conservation Energy is needed to do any work. Energy can be in the form of potential energy or it can be in the form kinetic energy. Potential energy is stored energy and for doing the work it is to be released from the storage.  Common example of potential energy are fuel energy, chemical energy and  pressure energy etc. Kinetic energy is energy due to motion and example of kinetic energy is electric energy which is the movement of electrons. Energy conservation activities are the efforts made towards reduction in energy consumption for doing a work. These efforts can be in the form of reduction of energy wastages, recovery and recycling of waste energy, and/or by improving the energy efficiency of the processes. Various forms of energy used in an integrated steel plant are described below.  Fuel energy Fuel energy is the potential energy which constitutes the major component of all the form of energies used in the steel plant. Fuel energy is used in the form of primary fuels and the byproduct fuels. Primary fuels used in steel plant are (i) solid fuels, (ii) liquid fuels, and (iii) gaseous fuels. Byproduct fuels are mainly coke oven gas recovered during coking process of metallurgical coals, blast furnace gas recovered from blast furnace during the production of hot metal, converter gas recovered during the production of steel in the basic oxygen furnace process, and coal tar fuel produced during the cleaning of the raw coke oven gas produced while coking of the metallurgical coals. Solid fuels used in the steel plant are coal and/or coke. Solid fuels constitute the highest percentage of energy consumed in steel plant. Both metallurgical (coking) coals and non coking coals are...

Liquefied Petroleum Gas- its Characteristics and Safety Requirements...

Liquefied Petroleum Gas- its Characteristics and Safety Requirements  Liquefied petroleum gas is  a gas used in steel plants as a fuel gas for heating in various furnaces and in flame cutting machines of continuous casting machines. It is popularly known by its  abbreviation or short form which is LPG. LPG is also used for oxy-LPG gas cutting and welding. Sometimes it is used for carburization of steel, flame heating, flame gouging, flame hardening, flame cleaning, and flame straightening. Liquid petroleum gases were discovered in 1912 when Dr. Walter Snelling, an American scientist, realized that these gases could be changed into liquids and stored under moderate pressure. From 1912 and 1920, LP gas uses were developed. The first LPG cook stove was made in 1912, and the first LPG  fueled car was developed in 1913. The LPG industry began sometime shortly before World War 1. At that time, a problem in the natural gas distribution process cropped up. Gradually facilities were built to cool and compress natural gas, and to separate the gases that could be turned into liquids (including propane and butane). LPG was sold commercially by 1920. Like all fossil fuels, LPG is a non renewable source of energy. It is extracted from crude oil and natural gas. It is a safe, clean burning, reliable, high calorific value fuel. The main composition of LPG are hydrocarbons containing three or four carbon atoms. The normal components of LPG thus, are propane (C3H8) and butane (C4H10) (Fig 1). Small concentrations of other hydrocarbons may also be present. Depending on the source of the LPG and how it has been produced, components other than  hydrocarbons may also be present. CAS number of LPG gas is 68476-85-7  while its UN number is 1075. CAS number for propane is...