Understanding Steel Making Operations  in Basic Oxygen Furnace Mar02

Understanding Steel Making Operations in Basic Oxygen Furnace...

Understanding Steel Making Operations  in Basic Oxygen Furnace  Steel making operation in the basic oxygen furnace (BOF) is also sometimes called basic oxygen steel making (BOS). This is the most powerful and effective steel making technology in the world. Around 71 % of the crude steel is made by this process. BOF process was developed in Austria in the early 1950s at the two Austrian steelworks at Linz and Donawitz and hence the BOF process is also called LD (first letters of the two cities) steel making. There exist several variations on the BOF process. The main are top blowing, bottom blowing, and a combination of the two which is known as combined blowing. The BOF process is autogenous, or self sufficient in energy, converts liquid iron (hot metal) into steel using gaseous oxygen (O2) to oxidize the unwanted impurities in hot metal (HM). The O2 used must be of high purity, usually 99.5% minimum, otherwise the steel may absorb harmful nitrogen (N2). The primary raw materials for the BOF are generally HM (around 80 % or more) from the blast furnace and the remaining steel scrap. These are charged into the BOF vessel. O2 is blown into the BOF at supersonic velocities. It oxidizes the carbon (C) and silicon (Si) contained in the HM liberating great quantities of heat which melts the scrap. There are lesser energy contributions from the oxidation of iron(Fe), manganese (Mn), and phosphorus (P). The flux used in this process is primarily calcined lime ( with CaO content of more than 92 %). This lime is produced by the calcining of limestone with low silica (SiO2) content. The post combustion of carbon monoxide (CO) as it exits the converter also transmits heat back to the bath. The product of...