Online Course - Electric Arc Furnace Steelmaking

On demand and instant access to the full course consisting of three modules.

To maximise learning it is recommended that each module is completed in sequence.

Course Modules

The course consists of three modules which should be taken in sequence in order to complete the full course.

Module 1 – The Status of the Modern EAF in World Steelmaking

The module aims to show

  • The status of the EAF in world steelmaking
  • The importance of the EAF as an ongoing steelmaking process
  • The competitiveness of the EAF versus the Blast Furnace/Basic Oxygen Steelmaking (or BF/BOS) process
  • The design aspects of a modern EAF

Module 2 – Raw Materials for the EAF

The module aims to show

  • The advantages of using scrap and its importance in EAF steelmaking
  • The purpose of grading purchased scrap by chemical analysis and its segregation
  • The need to consider scrap density, dimensions and cleanliness, on performance and yield
  • The benefit of other iron units and their advantages
  • The use of modelling to optimise scrap costs AND
  • The use of other raw materials used in the steelmaking process

Module 3 – The EAF Process and Total Energy Balance

The module aims to show

  • The contribution of electrical and chemical energy in EAF steelmaking
  • The process stages in the EAF steelmaking cycle
  • The typical melting cycle and profile of an individual heat
  • The total energy balance of the steelmaking process
  • The importance of using the total energy balance for optimising EAF performance and developing its design

What the course covers

The course is split into 3 modules covering

  • The status of the modern EAF in world steelmaking
  • Raw Materials for the EAF
  • The EAF process and total energy balance

Learning Outcomes

  • To understand the role and importance of the Electric Arc Furnace (or EAF) in world steelmaking and modern EAF design
  • To understand the importance of raw materials and their control in EAF steelmaking
  • To understand the EAF steelmaking process and the role of total energy balance

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.

Course Duration

3 x 40 minute modules

Course Presenter

Ken Broome

Ken Broome B.Sc.(Hons), M.Sc. Metallurgy
Steelmaking Consultant

Ken has over 40 years experience in the steel industry, in operations, technical and project management at senior management levels in the melting and casting of carbon, alloy and stainless steels.

He has expertise in electric arc furnace steelmaking, secondary steelmaking, ingot and continuous casting.

His achievements include:

  • Successful implementation of major capital schemes, including furnace and caster enhancements
  • Awarded the Sidney Gilchrist Thomas medal by the IOM3 in 2008 for contribution to the technical development and production of special and engineering steels
  • President of the Electric Steel Makers’ Guild 2000 and Technical Secretary for over ten years, responsible for the preparation and implementation of technical programmes
  • Developed and delivered successful ongoing training modules for steelmaking and casting, used in operator and management training

Enrolment options for this course

Enrol for the full course, or go through the modules separately (to maximise learning it is recommended that each module is completed in sequence).