Direct Reduced Iron

Direct Reduced Iron Direct reduced iron (DRI) is also known as sponge iron. It is produced by the reduction of iron ore (in the form of lumps or pellets) by either non-coking coal or a reducing gas produced by reforming of natural gas. The reducing gas can also be produced by the gasification of coal. The reducing gas is normally a mixture. The majority gases in this mixture are hydrogen (H2) and carbon mono oxide (CO). These gases act as reducing agents. The reduction process is conducted at high temperature but substantially below the melting point of iron. Since the reduction reaction takes place in solid state, the lump or pellet retain their original shape, but are considerably lighter due to the removal of the oxygen from the ore. Hence the produced direct reduced iron has a highly porous structure. This porous structure gives DRI an appearance of a sponge and because of it, DRI is also known as sponge iron. Iron content in the DRI is in two forms. One is in metallic form which is known as metallic iron, Fe (M), and the second form is iron present in residual iron oxides, Fe (O). The total iron Fe (T) in DRI is the sum of these two iron components. Metallic iron is the aggregate quantity of iron, either free or combined with carbon (as cementite) present in DRI. Metallization of DRI is a measure of the conversion of iron oxides into metallic iron (either free or in combination with carbon as cementite) by removal of oxygen due to the action of the reductant used. Degree of metallization of DRI is the extent of conversion of iron oxide into metallic iron during reduction. It is defined in percentage of the mass of metallic iron divided by the mass of...

Discharge options for Direct Reduced Iron and its Hot Transport Dec14

Discharge options for Direct Reduced Iron and its Hot Transport...

Discharge options for Direct Reduced Iron and its Hot Transport The two main methods of producing direct reduced iron (DRI) are (i) gas based process in a vertical shaft furnace and (ii) coal based process in a rotary furnace.  In both the processes the reduction reactions take place in solid state and the maximum furnace temperatures are in the range of 850 deg C to 1050 deg C. In the coal based process, the produced DRI is mixed with char that is needed to be separated from DRI. Hence DRI-char mixture is cooled in a rotary cooler and then char is separated from DRI by the magnetic separation process. In the case of vertical shaft furnace processes, since char is not present along with DRI, there are three discharge options available. These are cold DRI (CDRI), hot briquetted iron (HBI), and hot DRI (HDRI). Most of the vertical shaft DRI furnaces have been built for the production of CDRI. In these furnaces the DRI produced after reduction is cooled in the lower part of the furnace to about 50 deg C. CDRI is temporarily stored in Silos for passivation before it is transported to a nearby steel melting shop for its use later. CDRI has got the property of auto ignition and need special precautions during transport and storages as required by the International Maritime Organization (IMO). CDRI is most suited material for the continuous charging in the EAF. HBI is now being produced since more than 30 years. It is the desirable method of preparing DRI for storage and transporting it by sea going vessels. For the production of HBI, hot DRI is discharged from the vertical shaft furnace at a temperature of around 700 deg C. The hot DRI is sent to...