The Use of Monolithic Refractories and Microwave Drying for RH Steelmaking Vessels

  • Published : 2000.06.01


Monolithic refractory technology has been developed for RH vessels, with the purpose of reducing the total refractory cost. The technology includes the use of an improved monolithic refractory and microwave drying. The improved monolithic refractory was an alumina-spinel composition, of the type used in steel ladles, to which fine alumina was added to increase the density and corrosion resistance. The microwave drying method, previously developed and used to dry the monolithic lining in steel ladles, was modified for use in drying the dense, 500mm thick lining in RH vessels. This work has resulted in significant cost savings.


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