Redsmelt process for ironmaking Apr19

Redsmelt process for ironmaking...

Redsmelt process for ironmaking Redsmelt is a new ironmaking process based a two reduction steps. These are (i) pre-reduction of iron bearing materials in a rotary hearth furnace (RHF), and (ii) smelting of the hot pre-reduced iron (DRI, direct reduced iron). Originally a submerged arc furnace (SAF) has been used for the second step. SAF has now been replaced by a coal and oxygen blown converter (oxy-coal reactor) known as ‘New Smelting Technology’ (NST). The RHF reduces green pellets made out of iron ore, reductant fines and binders to produce hot, metallized DRI which is charged to the NST for its smelting to hot metal. Redsmelt process has been conceived to be consisting of a cost-effective and environmental-friendly technology. The important highlights of the process are as follows. The process does not need any prepared charge materials The process does not need electrical energy, since the DRI smelting is carried out using chemical energy The smelter is having high productivity resulting into limited investment cost The process can use practically all the residues generated during various processes of the steel plant (including sludges and oily mill scales), thus it solves the increasing issue of steel wastes treatment The off-gas coming from the smelting reactor is used as a fuel in the RHF, with optimization of the overall energy utilization. This results into effective reduction in energy consumption A Redsmelt demonstration plant with two step smelting reduction process was built and tested in Piombino works (Italy) for the production of hot metal. The demonstration plant was commissioned in the year 2003. The two production steps in the demonstration plant have been based upon pre-reduction of iron-bearing materials in a RHF and smelting of the hot DRI in an oxy-coal converter. The plant has been designed...