Industrial trials were completed to improve energy efficiency in steel melting. First, the benefits of increased chemical energy from an oxyfuel burner and a Co-Jet system in a basic 20 ton electric arc furnace (EAF) were studied. Observations and measurements were made during production before and after the installation of the two systems. The additional chemical energy improved energy efficiency and resulted in increased production. In addition, production using a basic EAF practice was compared to the traditional acid EAF practice. Second, an industrial trial using a 750 lb ladle with a combination of a lightweight alumina castable refractory and a insulating board was compared to a standard alumina castable ladle. The new material also showed a potential for significant energy savings.

Meeting Name

SFSA Technical and Operating Conference


Materials Science and Engineering

Research Center/Lab(s)

Peaslee Steel Manufacturing Research Center


Steel Founders' Society of America
United States. Department of Energy

Keywords and Phrases

Electric Arc Furnaces; Metallurgy; Steel Foundry Operations

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings

Document Version

Final Version

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Publication Date

01 Dec 2008