Spheroidizing: Spheroidite forms when carbon steel is heated to approximately 700 °C for over 30 hours.

Spheroidite can form at lower temperatures but the time needed drastically increases, as this is a diffusioncontrolled process. The result is a structure of rods or spheres of cementite within primary structure (ferrite or pearlite, depending on which side of the eutectoid you are on). The purpose is to soften higher carbon steels and allow more formability. This is the softest and most ductile form of steel. The image to the right shows where spheroidizing usually occurs.[10] Full annealing: Carbon steel is heated to approximately 40 °C above Ac3 or Ac1 for 1 hour; this assures all the ferrite transforms into austenite (although cementite might still exist if the carbon content is greater than the eutectoid). The steel must then be cooled slowly, in the realm of 38°C (68.4°F) per hour. Usually it is just furnace cooled, where the furnace is turned off with the steel still inside. This results in a coarse pearlitic structure, which means the "bands" of pearlite are thick. Fully annealed steel is soft and ductile, with no internal stresses, which is often necessary for cost-effective forming. Only spheroidized steel is softer and more ductile.[11] Process annealing: A process used to relieve stress in a cold-worked carbon steel with less than 0.3 wt% C. The steel is usually heated up to 550±650 °C for 1 hour, but sometimes temperatures as high as 700 °C. The image rightward shows the area where process annealing occurs. Isothermal annealing: It is a process in which hypoeutectoid steel is heated above the upper critical temperature and this temperature is maintained for a time and then the temperature is brought down below lower critical temperature and is again maintained. Then finally it is cooled at room temperature. This method rids any temperature gradient. Normalizing: Carbon steel is heated to approximately 55 °C above Ac3 or Acm for 1 hour; this assures the steel completely transforms to austenite. The steel is then air-cooled, which is a cooling rate of approximately 38 °C (68 °F) per minute. This results in a fine pearlitic structure, and a more-uniform structure. Normalized steel has a higher strength than annealed steel; it has a relatively high strength and ductility.[12] Quenching: Carbon steel with at least 0.4 wt% C is heated to normalizing temperatures and then rapidly cooled (quenched) in water, brine, or oil to the critical temperature. The critical temperature is dependent on the carbon content, but as a general rule is lower as the carbon content increases. This results in a martensitic structure; a form of steel that possesses a super-saturated carbon content in a deformed bodycentered cubic (BCC) crystalline structure, properly termed body-centered tetragonal (BCT), with much internal stress. Thus quenched steel is extremely hard but brittle, usually too brittle for practical purposes. These internal stresses cause stress cracks on the surface. Quenched steel is approximately three to four (with more carbon) fold harder than normalized steel.[13] Martempering (Marquenching): Martempering is not actually a tempering procedure, hence the term "marquenching". It is a form of isothermal heat treatment applied after an initial quench of typically in a molten salt bath at a temperature right above the "martensite start temperature". At this temperature, residual stresses within the material are relieved and some bainite may be formed from the retained austenite which did not have time to transform into anything else. In industry, this is a process used to control the ductility and hardness of a material. With longer marquenching, the ductility increases with a minimal loss in strength; the steel is held in this solution until the inner and outer temperatures equalize. Then the steel is

the cooled structure takes the form of pearlite. Moreover. but reduces hardness. For steels that have more than 0. except the steel is held in the molten salt bath through the bainite transformation temperatures.8% carbon the cooled structure takes the form of pearlite and cementite.2% carbon it takes an ferrite BCC crystal form.[14] Quench and tempering: This is the most common heat treatment encountered.1% (Ashby and Jones. resulting in a cementite-ferrite mixture. and it requires a special salt bath. which restores ductility. leaving behind iron that is pure enough to take the form of ferrite. resulting in an excess of carbon. At the eutectoid.[16] At room temperature. One way for carbon to leave the austenite is for cementite to precipitate out of the mix.333 °F). known as a hypoeutectoid steel. called austenite or -iron. It is also soft and metallic but can dissolve considerably more carbon. There is no thermal activation energy for the transformation from austenite to martensite. 0. there is no compositional change so the atoms generally retain their same neighbors .cooled at a moderate speed to keep the temperature gradient minimal. Cementite is a hard and brittle intermetallic compound with the chemical formula of Fe3C. but it also increases the impact resistance. Perhaps the most important polymorphic form is martensite.021 wt% at 723 °C (1. a metastable phase which is significantly stronger than other steel phases. The disadvantage of austempering is it can only be used on a few steels.[15] Austempering: The austempering process is the same as martempering. Below approximately 0.148 °C (2.8% carbon. no more than 0. Not only does this process reduce internal stresses and stress cracks. The elevated temperature allows very small amounts of spheroidite to form.021% carbon at steelmaking temperatures then it transforms into a face-centered cubic (FCC) structure. The resulting bainite steel has a greater ductility. If steel contains more than 0. Actual temperatures and times are carefully chosen for each composition. When steels with less than 0.8% carbon. and less distortion. Tempering involves reheating quenched steel to a temperature below the eutectoid temperature then cooling. because the final properties can be precisely determined by the temperature and time of the tempering. and only 0. because the atoms "freeze" in place when the cell structure changes from FCC to BCC. 1992) carbon at 1.098 °F). When the steel is in an austenitic phase and then quenched it forms into martensite. named after its resemblance to mother of pearl. are cooled from an austenitic phase the mixture attempts to revert to the ferrite phase.005% at 0°C (32 °F). as much as 2. but higher carbon contents take a body-centered tetragonal (BCT) structure. the most stable form of iron is the body-centered cubic (BCC) structure -ferrite. Depending on the carbon content the martensitic phase takes different forms. which reflects the upper carbon content of steel. It is a fairly soft metallic material that can dissolve only a small concentration of carbon. higher impact resistance. and then moderately cooled.

1995). However. Pollution Sources and Prevention for Cokemaking Coke production is one of the major pollution sources from steel production. Some of the heat can be captured for reuse in other heating processes. so that transformation between them results in a change of volume. oil or tar/pitch can be used to replace coke using similar process modifications. 1995). although they may not always be visible. In this case. Emissions control equipment can be used to capture some of the gases. Thus. they cause internal work hardening and other microscopic imperfections. Reducing Coke Oven Emissions Pollution associated with coke production is best reduced by decreasing the amount of coke used in the iron melting process. Pulverized coal injection may affect the final steel products. Quenching water becomes contaminated with coke breezes and other compounds. The reduction in emissions is proportional to the reduction in coke use. .Martensite has a lower density than austenite does. crude light oil. Coke breezes and other solids can usually be removed by filtration. If quenching is done improperly. At the very least. thus. it may not be possible to substitute pulverized coal for coke in the production of high quality steel. Pulverized coal can be substituted for coke at nearly a 1:1 and can replace 25 . process modifications in actual coke production are not widely available and are very expensive. Other alternative fuels such as natural gas. ammonium compounds. Pulverized coal injection is used worldwide to reduce coke use and. the internal stresses can cause a part to shatter as it cools. While the volume of contaminated water can be great. the pollution sources and the possible pollution prevention opportunities are discussed for each process. Other gases may escape into the atmosphere. decreasing efficiency. coke emissions (Chatterjee. the smaller the volume of air and water emissions.40% of coke traditionally used in furnaces (USEPA. BOF Pollution Sources and Prevention Opportunities Different types of pollution result from the different steps in steel production. Internal stresses from this expansion generally take the form of compression on the crystals of martensite and tension on the remaining ferrite. naphthalene. The resulting water can be reused in other manufacturing processes or released. Below. Figure 1: The Steel Making Process (EPA. expansion occurs. quenching water is fairly easy to reuse. sulfur and coke dust are released from coke ovens. One fairly economical method of reducing coke oven pollution is to reduce the levels of coke used in blast furnaces. with a fair amount of shear on both constituents. It is common for quench cracks to form when water quenched. 1995) Water pollution comes from the water used to cool coke after it has finished baking. Air emissions such as coke oven gas. Pulverized coal may reduce gas permeability of the metal and unburnt coal particles may accumulate in the furnace. A portion of the coke can be replaced with other fossil fuels without retrofitting the furnace. The smaller the volume of coke produced.

In 1993. The DIOS process produces molten iron from coal and previously melted ores. byproducts are recovered from the blast furnace. coke oven slag and other by-products are sent to the battery where they are combusted. One such procedure is the Japanese Direct Iron Ore Smelting (DIOS) process (Figure 2). The process uses water to remove ammonia and hydrogen sulfide from coke oven emissions prior to cleaning of the oven. Commercial feasibility studies were performed in 1995. Non-recovery coke batteries do require replacement or retrofitting of traditional coke ovens. The process integrates coal desulfurization. replacing coke completely (USEPA. the DIOS process could cut the costs of molten iron production by about 10%. but can be expensive. they do reduce the electricity requirement for steel production. While these types of plants do not reduce pollution on site. In traditional plants. However. This technique consumes the by-products. The DIOS Process (Furukawa. In this process. the DIOS process remain very expensive and requires extensive process modification. in some places. eliminating much of the air and water pollution. reducing energy requirements (Ritt. A third method for reducing coke oven emissions is the Davy Still Autoprocess. the process could produce eight tons of iron ore per hour using ore directly in the smelter. is another cokeless iron melting process being tested. has flexible coal-type requirements. Pollution Sources and Prevention in Ironmaking . 1995). Further testing is being conducted to determine actual commercial feasibility in the U. distributor of the process. Posco of Korea has a Corex plant operating at 70% capacity in 1996 and is expected to continue progress (Ritt. 1994) Iron Carbide Steel Production Plants Iron carbide production plants can be an alternative to the Basic Oxide Furnace. 1996). Midrex is expected to be the U. an iron ore that contains 6% carbon rather than 1. A Corex plant is operational in South Africa. ore fines and coal are manipulated to melt iron ore.5-1. this method was still being tested and economic feasibility will be determined from those tests. 1996). reducing polution from the power plant. India is also expected to build a plant in 1997. In this process. 1994). reduce emissions of carbon dioxide by 5 .S. This process modification does reduce pollution.Air and water emissions may also be reduced by using a non-recovery coke battery. Cokeless Ironmaking Cokeless ironmaking procedures are currently being studied and. implemented. A final cokeless iron melting process is the Corex or Cipcor Process. In addition to reducing coke use. named after the HISmelt Corporation of Australia. 1995).8% of regular iron ore . The HISmelt process.10% and increase flexibility by improving the starting and stopping capabilities of the steel mill (Furukawa.S. and generates excess electricity that can be sold to power grids (USEPA. These plants use iron carbide. In 1995. This process also manipulates coke to produce the heat required to melt iron. Figure 2. coal and other ores can produce enough heat to melt ore. Process modifications are expected to increase the efficiency to 14 tons per hour. The additional carbon ignites in the presence of oxygen and contributes heat to the iron melting process. In non-recovery batteries.

chromium. producing EAF dust or sludge. cement. lead and other heavy metals from EAF dust. If the dust or sludge contains lead or cadmium. 500kg of EAF dust were produced for each tonn (UK weight measurements) of crude steel production. Although it is a relatively small proportion of the total volume of waste. 1995). Common components include iron and iron oxides. After the heavy metals have been removed. The EAF dust or sludge composition varies depending on the type of steel being manufactured. This gas is cleaned to remove particulates and other compounds. Pollution Sources and Material Recovery Gaseous emissions and metal dust are the most prominent sources of waste from electric arc furnaces. Sulfur dioxide and hydrogen sulfide are volatized and captured in air emissions control equipment and the residual slag is sold to the construction industry. the dust is composed primarily of iron and iron oxides and may be remelted. Cleaning gas for reuse can produce some air pollution control dust and water treatment plant sludge. zinc. metal recovery is almost always profitable if the zinc content of the dust is 15 . The gas is quenched and cooled using water and cleaned of suspended solids and metals. The dust can be reused in sintering processes or landfilled. Pollution Sources and Prevention from Steel Forming . the dust can be sold to other industries for use as raw materials in bricks. this slag.Slag. it does not make a good raw material for the construction industry. It can be marginally profitable with lower levels of zinc. Because of its composition. make up the largest portion of ironmaking by-products.20% of the total volume. unlike that from the blast furnace. Recycling and recovery of EAF dust can be difficult because of the alkalinity and heavy metal (zinc and lead) content. In 1996. While this is not a pollution prevention technique. Furnaces are equipped with air pollution control equipment that contains and cools the gas. If the metal content is sufficient. Pollution Sources and Prevention in the BOF Slag is a major component of the waste produced in BOFs. is best used as an additive in the sintering process. 70% of that dust is sold to other companies. the dust can be reused in the blast furnaces. Several processes have been developed to recover the zinc. Although not pollution prevention. If it is not sufficient. sandblasting or fertilizers. the limestone and iron ore impurities collected at the top of the molten iron. 1996). flux. 20% is recycled in-plant and 10% is landfilled. Gaseous emissions are collected and cleaned. allowing it to be reused as heat for coke furnaces or other processes. it may leach into ground water. the solid waste does not reach landfills. because of the fine nature. The dust can be landfilled. This process produces air pollution control dust and water treatment plant sludge. As its metallic content is lower. but. nickel oxide and other metals used for alloys. In the United Kingdom. the landfilled EAF dust amounts to 50 kg per tonne of crude steel produced (Strohmeier. depending on the method used. The remaining gas contains small quantities of nitrogen oxide and ozone and is usually released. Blast furnace flue gas is also generated during ironmaking. Other metals such as chromium and nickel can also be reclaimed and sold. it is listed as a hazardous waste (RCRA K061) (USEPA. Hot gases are also produced by the BOF.

The magnesium reacts vigorously with the sulfur forming magnesium sulfide: S(dissolved) + Mg -----> MgS. silicon. In the first step. pollution prevention and process modification opportunities are not a priority. as well as unacceptable amounts of impurities like sulfur. grease. which is known as pig iron. Iron oxide is reduced with carbon + carbon monoxide at high temperatures forming crude molten iron. The remaining liquid leaves the process as waste treatment plant sludge. The scale settles out and is removed. Due to it's solubility in liquid iron. and phosphorus. if the metal content is sufficient. the reaction is the same as simple burning. It can be reused in sintering plants or. Other methods can be used to remove sulfur. For carbon. One common method is pre-treat the steel by adding a certain amount of powdered magnesium metal before the oxygen treatment. . may be sold as a raw material elsewhere. All are collected in holding tanks. forming slag. which makes it brittle as glass and useless. The silicon reacts in a similar way to carbon: Si(dissolved) +O2 ----> SiO2 In the case of sulfur. or "indirect" process. Because carbon and impurity elements have a higher affinity for oxygen than does iron. Steel is usually made in a two-step. A fluxing material. and mill scale. pig iron contains a large amount of carbon (>4%). The molten steel is poured into a special basic oxygen converter. As the waste results in a small portion of pollution produced by steelmaking. This is fairly straightforward. 2SO2(gas) + 2CaO + O2(gas) -----> 2CaSO4. So. technically steel is made by *removing* carbon from iron. the Basic Oxygen Process is used. usually calcium oxide (aka quicklime) is added. those elements are oxidized and combine with the flux.The primary wastes produced in the metal forming process include contact water. By reducing the amount of carbon the pig iron is converted into steel. Then pure oxygen is blown through the molten iron. C(dissolved) + O2 -----> CO2(gas). Some of the SO2 gas simply bubbles out of the iron along with the CO2 gas. oil. not by *adding* it! In order to remove the excess carbon and impurities from iron. The rest reacts with the calcium oxide flux and more oxygen to form calcium sulfate. while the iron stays mostly unreacted. I believe the reaction is also similar: S(dissolved) + O2 ----> SO2(gas).

In the case of phosphorus: 4P(dissolved) + 3O2 ----> P4O6. the phosphorus oxide also reacts with the flux forming calcium phosphate. Contents [hide] y y y y y y y 1 Process 2 Problems 3 History 4 Uses 5 See also 6 References 7 External links [edit] Process Direct reduction. The reducing gas is a mixture majority of hydrogen (H2) and carbon monoxide (CO) which acts as reducing agent. This process of directly reducing the iron ore in solid form by reducing gases is called direct reduction. Such plants require high capital expenses and raw materials of stringent specifications. Coking coal is needed to make a coke strong enough to support the burden in the blast furnace. blast furnaces.The sulfide floats to the top and combines with the flux.[1] is produced from direct reduction of iron ore (in the form of lumps. Integrated steel plants of less than one million tons annual capacity are generally not economically viable. The conventional route for making steel consists of sintering or pelletization plants. Integrated steel plants of less than one million tons annual capacity are generally not economically viable. and basic oxygen furnaces. Direct-reduced iron (DRI). Such plants require high capital expenses and raw materials of stringent specifications. The coke ovens and sintering plants in an integrated steel plant are polluting and expensive units. blast furnaces. coke ovens. pellets or fines) by a reducing gas produced from natural gas or coal. also called sponge iron. Coking coal is needed to make a coke strong enough to support the burden in the blast furnace. coke ovens. DRI is successfully manufactured in various parts of the world through either . an alternative route of iron making. The conventional route for making steel consists of sintering or pelletization plants. P4O6 + 4CaO -----> 4CaPO4. and basic oxygen furnaces. This is more efficient at "scavenging" sulfur than simply burning it off with the oxygen. has been developed to overcome some of these difficulties of conventional blast furnaces. The coke ovens and sintering plants in an integrated steel plant are polluting and expensive units.

[4] [edit] History Main article: Bloomery Producing sponge iron and then working it was the earliest method used to obtain iron in the Middle East.050 °C (1. and storage. is that only small quantities can be made at a time. typically 90 94% total iron [2] (depending on the quality of the raw ore) as opposed to about 93% for molten pig iron. The disadvantage. India is the world¶s largest producer of direct-reduced iron. and Europe.[3] Many other countries use variants of the process. avoiding the need to remove these gases for other use. and there are several other factors which make it economical: y y y y y y Direct-reduced iron has about the same iron content as pig iron. handling. avoiding transport costs for the gas. relatively to using a blast furnace. a vital constituent of the steel industry. and is normally quickly processed further to steel. However. so providing iron for local engineering industries.natural gas or coal-based technology. The direct reduction process uses pelletized iron ore or natural "lump" ore. The direct reduction process can use natural gas contaminated with inert gases. Hot-briquetted iron (HBI) is a compacted form of DRI designed for ease of shipping. The direct reduction process is intrinsically more energy efficient than the blast furnace[citation needed] because it operates at a lower temperature. Iron ore is reduced in solid state at 800 to 1. immediately transported to a waiting electric arc furnace and charged thereby saving energy.[citation needed] The bulk iron can also catch fire since it is pyrophoric. . so it is an excellent feedstock for the electric furnaces used by mini mills. The specific investment and operating costs of direct reduction plants are low compared to integrated steel plants and are more suitable for many developing countries where supplies of coking coal are limited.922 °F) either by reducing gas (H2+CO) or coal. One exception is the fluidized bed process which uses (requires) sized iron ore particles. Supplies of powdered ore and raw natural gas are both available in areas such as Northern Australia. Select few ores are suitable for direct reduction. allowing them to use lower grades of scrap for the rest of the charge or to produce higher grades of steel. There is some evidence that the bloomery method was also used in China. any inert gas contamination of the reducing gas lowers the effect (quality) of that gas stream and the thermal efficiency of the process.100°C or so. [edit] Problems Directly reduced iron is highly susceptible to oxidation and rusting if left unprotected. where it remained in use until at least the 16th century.472 to 1. In most cases the DRI plant is located near natural gas source as it is more cost effective to ship the ore rather than the gas. only about 1.[2] Hot Direct Reduced Iron (HDRI) is iron not cooled before discharge from the reduction furnace. but China had developed blast furnaces to obtain pig iron by 500 BCE. Egypt. The advantage of the bloomery technique is that iron can be obtained at a lower furnace temperature.

The sponge is removed from the furnace. This treatment usually creates wrought iron with about three percent slag and a fraction of a percent of other impurities. sponge iron is created by reducing iron ore without melting it. Today.[edit] Uses Sponge iron is not useful by itself. Further treatment may add controlled amounts of carbon. "steeling"). This makes for an energy-efficient feedstock for specialty steel manufacturers which used to rely upon scrap metal . oxidise any carbon or carbide and weld the iron together. called a bloomery.g. and repeatedly beaten with heavy hammers and folded over to remove the slag. allowing various kinds of heat treatment (e. but can be processed to create wrought iron.

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