This course considers how cost savings can be made in primary steelmaking by the application of good operational and technical management. It also includes details of how successful R&D experiments can be implemented on plant to benefit operations and add value to primary steelmaking.
The course is split into 3 modules.
Module 1: The Value of Hot Metal Pre-treatments
Module 2: The Cost Saving from Correct Scrap Selection
Module 3: BOF Vessel Process
The learning objectives are:
- To understand where selection choices can add value and reduce costs in primary steelmaking
- To understand the inter dependant relationships and stages required in primary steelmaking in the BOF process
The course consists of three modules which should be taken in sequence in order to complete the full course.
Module 1 – The Value of Hot Metal Pre-treatments
Understand why hot metal quality can be variable
- Adding value by consistency
- Understand that other pre-treatments are available
- Understand the need for hot metal desulphurisation requirements
- Duel reagent operations
- Skimming and use of slag coagulant
- Understand the role R&D modelling has in ensuring optimised process control and cost saving
Module 2 – The cost saving from correct Scrap Selection
- Show the value of good scrap management and segregation
- Adding value by the use of scrap menus for grades
- Importance of residual control to reduce costs
- Introduce different types of scrap
- Importance of specifications
- Consequences of poor specifications
- Strong supplier relationships
- Methods for ensuring supplier compliance
- Calculating the effectiveness of purchased scrap
Module 3 – BOF Vessel process
- Understand the BOF (BOS) process and its aims
- Where the vessel process fits into the integrated steelmaking process
- Production activities required to produce steel
- What actually occurs within the vessel
- Role of fluxes
- Phosphorous refining
- Challenge for the future
What the course covers
The course covers the primary steelmaking operations from hot metal leaving the blast furnace all the way through to the in-blow sample within the BOS converter. The course will discuss the operations required and provide detail where value can be added in this process by the application of R&D, strong technical knowledge and good management practices.
- Understand where selection choices can add value and reduce costs in primary steelmaking
- Gain detailed knowledge of the inter-dependant relationships and stages required in primary steelmaking in the BOF process
- Gain an insight into the role of R&D can provide in improving plant operations and reduce the cost base
Who should access the course?
Practitioners in the steel industry, such as scientists, researchers, technologists, technology managers and operations and operational management. Those who are, or who aspire to be senior leaders within the steel industry or academia.
3 x 40 minute modules
Tony’s background has been predominately managing plant technical departments, in ironmaking, steelmaking and casting on different integrated steelmaking sites and has developed an in-depth understanding of the process and metallurgical interactions throughout the value chain. From raw materials purchasing decisions to the effect of those raw materials within the process right through to the overall effect on the metallurgical properties on the finished steel products.
Throughout Tony’s career, he has looked to introduce new technology and innovation into the operations and has led many significant projects from the introduction of new ferrous ores and coals to development of new steel grades like automotive, pipe grades and spring steels. Innovation on the works has been key to many of these developments projects, and often required the use of expert opinion, analysis and support from the research scientists based at the Institute. Ensuring the innovation is correctly implemented will maximise the benefits within any project.
Tony is often called to comment on the feasibility of innovation implementation within the steel industry.