Alumina and its Role in Iron and Steelmaking...

Alumina and its Role in Iron and Steelmaking Alumina is a chemical compound of aluminum (Al) and oxygen (O2) with the chemical formula aluminum oxide (Al2O3). It is the most commonly occurring of several aluminum oxides. It is significant in its use to produce aluminum metal. It is being used as an abrasive material because of its hardness. It is also being used as a refractory material owing to its high melting point. Aluminum oxide is an amphoteric substance. It can react with both acids and bases, acting as an acid with a base and a base with an acid, neutralizing the other and producing a salt.  It is insoluble in water. Aluminum oxide has a white solid appearance and is odorless. The molar mass of aluminum oxide is 101.96 grams per mole. Specific gravity of alumina is 3.986. It is insoluble in water. Melting point of aluminum oxide is 2072 deg C while the boiling point is 2977 deg C. Alumina affects the processes of producing iron and steel during the production of iron and steel. Besides alumina is a very important refractory material for the lining of furnaces and vessels in iron and steel plants. Role of alumina in ironmaking Alumina during ironmaking enters the process through impurities in the input materials mainly iron ore. Alumina affects the sintering of iron ore. The most harmful effect of alumina is to worsen the RDI (reduction degradation index) value of sinter. RDI value increases as the alumina content rises. It is seen that within a 10 % to 10.5 % CaO content range, an increase of 0.1 % in the alumina content raises the RDI by 2 points. The strength and quality of sinter deteriorate as the alumina content rises. Alumina promotes the formation of SFCA (silico ferrite of calcium and aluminum), which is beneficial for sinter strength, but the strength of the ore components is lower, since a...

Slag and its Role in Blast Furnace Ironmaking Aug07

Slag and its Role in Blast Furnace Ironmaking...

Slag and its Role in Blast Furnace Ironmaking Blast furnace (BF) is the oldest (more than 700 years old) of the various reactors which are being used in the steel plants. It is used for the production of liquid iron (hot metal). The blast furnace is a complex high temperature counter current reactor and is in the shape of a shaft in which iron bearing materials (ore, sinter/pellet) and coke are alternately charged at the top along with flux materials (limestone, dolomite etc.) to create a layered burden in the furnace. Preheated air is blown in from the lower part of the furnace through tuyeres. This hot air reacts with the coke to produce reducing gases. Descending ore burden (iron oxides) is reduced by the ascending reducing gases and is melted to produce hot metal. The gangue materials and coke ash melt to form slag with the fluxing materials. The liquid products (hot metal and slag) are drained out (tapped) from the furnace at certain intervals through the tap hole. The quality of hot metal obtained is dependent on the formation of the slag and its mineralogical transformations. A good quality slag is necessary for a quality hot metal. The slag is a mixture of low melting chemical compounds formed by the chemical reaction of the gangue of the iron bearing burden and coke ash with the flux materials in the charge. All unreduced compounds such as silicates, aluminosilicates, and calcium alumino silicate etc. also join the slag. It is well known that the components of slag namely silica (SiO2) and alumina (Al2O3) increase the viscosity whereas the presence of calcium oxide reduces the viscosity. The melting zone of slag determines the cohesive zone of blast furnace and hence the fluidity and melting characteristics...

Continuous casting mould powders Jun16

Continuous casting mould powders...

Continuous casting mould powders Continuous casting (CC) mould powder is used primarily to facilitate the passage of steel through the mould. It is also known by names such as casting powder, mould powder and mould flux. CC mould powder plays an important role in the continuous casting of liquid steels. It is one of the most critical and influential factors for smooth continuous casting of the liquid steel. CC mould powder is sprayed at the top of the liquid steel in the mould either manually or by automatic feeders. CC mould powder after additions in the mould Heat up and loose some carbon by reaction with oxygen Forms a sintered layer Melts at a definite rate and forms sintered (mushy) and liquid layers. The liquid layer acts as a reservoir to supply liquid slag to the strand. This liquid pool should be deeper than the stroke length to ensure good lubrication. Forms a solid slag film through the first infiltration of liquid slag into the mould/strand gap. This slag film is glassy in nature and is typically 2 to 4 mm thick. This slag subsequently crystallizes in the high temperature regions adjacent to strand. Forms a liquid slag film typically of 0.1 mm thickness. This liquid slag is drawn down into the gap along the steel shell and lubricates the strand. This lubrication prevents the steel from adhering to the mould thus removing a cause of the strand break out. Schematic diagram of different layers of mould powder after its addition in the mould is given in Fig. 1 Fig 1 Schematic diagram of different layers of mould powder after its addition in the mould  Besides the function of mould lubrication, CC mould powder has to perform some more basic functions. These other basic...

High Alumina Slag and Blast Furnace Operation May27

High Alumina Slag and Blast Furnace Operation...

High Alumina Slag and Blast Furnace Operation Blast furnace (BF) process of iron making is a process where liquid iron (hot metal) and liquid slag are produced by the reduction of iron bearing materials (sinter and/or pellet and lump ore) with coke and by fluxing of the gangue material of the feed materials. The process is the result of a series of chemical reactions which takes place in the blast furnace. The separation of slag from the hot metal takes place in liquid state. Slag has a lower melting point and is lighter than hot metal. In the blast furnace it is at a higher temperature than the hot metal. Blast furnace slag contain predominantly silica (SiO2), alumina (Al2O3), lime (CaO) and magnesia (MgO) along with smaller amounts of FeO, MnO, TiO2, Na2O, K2O and S. Blast furnace (BF) slag composition has very important bearing on its physicochemical characteristics which influences to a great degree the smooth operation of the blast furnace, slag handling, coke consumption, blast furnace productivity and the quality of the hot metal. Low alumina slag normally has low viscosity, high sulphide capacity and low liquidus temperature as compared to high alumina slag. Blast furnace slag alumina (Al2O3) is mainly dependent on the alumina content of the input materials mainly iron ore. In those cases where iron ore alumina is less than 1 % the alumina content in the slag hardly goes above 10 %. But in some iron ores (normally found in India) alumina content is 2 % and higher. Such ores raise the alumina levels in blast furnace slag to 20 % and higher. To operate a blast furnace with such high alumina slag is quite difficult and need a different type of skill from the blast furnace operators...

Hydraulic fluids

Hydraulic fluids Hydraulic oils are also called hydraulic liquids or hydraulic fluids. They are the medium by which power is transferred in hydraulic equipment. Hydraulic fluids have the primary purpose of transferring potential or kinetic energy (pressure and movements), create volume flow between pump and hydrostatic motor, and reduce the wear of parts that rub against each other. In addition, they protect the system from corrosion and help carry away the heat produced during energy transformation. The operating practices of yesterday in industry have changed a lot. But steady and dependable, hydraulic fluid technology did not change much for decades. But today, the pressure is on hydraulic systems. Hydraulic systems are expected to deliver optimum performance while operating at higher pressures, temperatures, and tougher operating conditions. Common hydraulic fluids are based on mineral oil or water. These oils have generally low compressibility. Hydraulic oils are circulation quality oils since they are in continuous use in an enclosed system with practically very little residence time in a reservoir or a storage tank. Hydraulic fluid has to perform the following tasks: Energy transmission Lubrication Heat removal The primary function of a hydraulic fluid is to convey power. However there are other important functions of hydraulic oils such as protection of the hydraulic machine components. The main functions of hydraulic oil and the corresponding properties of the hydraulic oil which affects its ability to perform the required function are given below: Hydraulic oil as medium for power transfer and control needs low compressibility (high bulk modulus), fast air release, low foaming tendency and low volatility. Hydraulic oil as medium for heat transfer requires good thermal capacity and conductivity. Hydraulic oil as sealing medium must have adequate viscosity and viscosity index as well shear stability. For hydraulic oil to perform the function...