Factors affecting Lining Life of a Basic Oxygen Converter Sep20

Factors affecting Lining Life of a Basic Oxygen Converter...

Factors affecting Lining Life of a Basic Oxygen Converter The life, reliability and costs of lining in a basic oxygen converter are vital for the smooth operations of the steel melting shop utilizing basic oxygen process for steel production.  Higher lining life results into improved availability of the converter which in turn improves its productivity. Three important factors for achieving higher lining life of the basic oxygen converter (Fig 1) are (i) qualities of refractories and their laying pattern in the converter, (ii) operating practices followed, and (iii) monitoring of the lining wear and practices for the maintenance of the refractory lining. Development of improved refractory materials in combination with improved process control and better maintenance during campaigns make it possible to increase the lining life of the basic oxygen converter. Fig 1 Factors affecting lining life of the basic oxygen converter These days without exception, basic oxygen converters are lined with magnesia – carbon (MgO-C) refractories because of their superior properties than other types of converter lining materials. However zoned refractory lining practices are followed by using MgO-C refractories of different qualities in different areas of the converter. The causes of wear of refractories in the basic oxygen converter are either due to chemical reasons or due to the physical reasons. Chemical causes for the wear of the converter lining are mainly due to gaseous materials (oxidizing gases, reducing gases, and water vapour), liquid materials (slag. hot metal, and liquid steel melt), and solid materials (fluxes, and carbon disintegration).  Physical causes for the wear of the converter lining are excessive temperatures (poor dissipation, and hot spots), static mechanical stresses (spalling, and expansion), and dynamic mechanical stresses (abrasion, impact, and vibrations). The key wear mechanisms of the refractory lining of basic oxygen converter can...