Synthetic Slag for Secondary Steelmaking...

Synthetic Slag for Secondary Steelmaking Synthetic slag consists of prepared mixture of several individual oxides which is used during secondary steelmaking to assist the steel treatment in the ladle from the viewpoint of effective refinement. Synthetic slag practice is normally used to obtain clean steels and also for the desulphurization of the liquid steel. Secondary steelmaking is a critical quality control step between the primary steelmaking and the continuous casting of the liquid steel. A key feature for success with the secondary steelmaking processes is the slag control. Use of synthetic slag which is specifically designed to have the required chemical composition and physical properties helps in the slag control. The  desirable properties of the synthetic slag include (i) slag is to have high sulphide capacity, (ii) it is to be basic in nature, (iii) it is to be fluid to obtain faster reaction rates, and (iv) it is not to cause excessive refractory wear. The secondary steelmaking slag is in liquid form in the ladle and floats on the surface of liquid steel which is usually at temperature of 1,600 deg or higher. It acts like a sponge to absorb the impurities consisting mainly of sulphur and non-metallic inclusions. The design of the slag is a critical step impacting the efficiency of the steel refining processes during the secondary steelmaking. Slag regime in secondary steelmaking significantly influences the final quality of the produced steel, particularly with respect to the achieved desulphurization of steel. One of the possibilities for influencing the slag regime is the application of synthetic slags to the ladle slag, formed from slag-making additions during the liquid steel tapping. Synthetic slag practice during secondary steelmaking maximizes the efficiency of the steel refining process by (i) improving steel quality, (ii) improving productivity,...

Desulphurization of Liquid Steel Jul30

Desulphurization of Liquid Steel...

Desulphurization of Liquid Steel Solubility of sulphur (S) in liquid iron (Fe) is quite high. But the solubility of S in solid iron is limited. It is 0.002 % in ferrite at room temperature and 0.013 % in austenite at around 1000 deg C. Hence, when liquid steel cools down, sulphur is liberated from the solution in the form of iron sulphide (FeS) which forms a eutectic with the surrounding iron. The eutectic is segregated at the iron grain boundaries. The eutectic temperature is comparatively low at around 988 deg C. Fe-FeS eutectic weakens the bonding between the grains and causes sharp drop in the properties of steel at the temperatures of hot deformation. During the continuous casting of liquid steel, sulphur present in liquid steel (i) causes the formation of undesirable sulphides which promotes granular weaknesses and cracks in steel during solidification, (ii) lowers the melting point and inter-granular strength, (iii) contributes to the brittleness of steel and thus acts as stress raiser in steel, and (iv) results in the hot shortness. Sulphur, present in solid steel as FeS inclusions, has several detrimental effects on steel processing. During deformation, FeS inclusions act as crack initiation sites and zones of weakness. Such inclusions from sulphur adversely affect the toughness, ductility, formability, weldability, and corrosion resistance of steel. An increase in manganese (Mn) content (not less than 0.2 %) however, helps prevent formation of FeS. Sulphur is thus an undesirable element in steel. Manganese actively reacts with iron sulphides during solidification of steel transforming FeS to MnS according to the following reaction. FeS (slag) + Mn (steel) = MnS (slag) + Fe The melting temperature of manganese sulphide (MnS) is comparatively high (around 1610 deg C). Hence steel containing manganese can be deformed in hot state. However...