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Steel Melting 201
This course will study the operations of steel melting furnaces including electric arc and induction, the process steps during charging and startup, melt down, chemistry slag control, alloying, tapping, and process documentation, post melt processing methods, Argon Oxygen Decarburization (AOD) and Vacuum Oxygen Decarburization (VOD), melt quality control of undesirable elements with sampling and chemistry measurements, ladle selection and considerations, including maintenance and safety procedures.
Class participants will learn to:
- Explain the difference among steel melting processes.
- List melt-stock components.
- Explain alloying techniques.
- Explain chemistry measurement techniques.
- Explain post-furnace processing variables.
- Describe the quality implications from melting variables.
- Explain proper refractory selection.
- Describe the selection of ladle options (pros and cons).
- Describe the safety procedures and equipment related to the melting process.
Course Length2.0 days
CEU Units1.10 CEU
Module 1: Introduction
Module 2: Steel Casting Basics Review
Module 3: Steel Melting Process Introduction
• Common Melting Furnaces
• Charge Materials
Module 4: Electric Arc Furnace Melting
• Setting Up the Process
• Completing the Process
• Melting Process Documentation and Calculation
Module 5: Induction Furnace Melting
• Induction Melting Overview
• Induction How-To
• Induction Furnace Documentation and Calculations
Module 6: Post Melt Processing
• AOD Post Melt Overview
• Ladle Metallurgy
Module 7: Quality of Melt
• Effects of Undesirable Elements
• Control of Undesirable Elements
• Sampling and Chemistry Measurement
Module 8: Ladle Selection
• Pour Types
• Lining Characteristics
Module 9: Maintenance and Safety
• Furnace Maintenance
• Safety in the Melt Shop
Module 10: Conclusion
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