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Due to its well-known superior strength to weight ratios, titanium has become a more and more critical material choice in aerospace applications which require heavy loading.
Due to titanium’s high chemical activity welding can be a real challenge but to overcome this, new technologies are being developed which uses the slag pool and argon to shield the weld site from interstitial element contamination. Continue reading
As technology increases to become more advanced and complex it puts an ever increasing demand on materials and their performance to keep pace.
Currently the application of high entropy alloys is restricted currently to protective coatings for high temperature components however it is a rapidly developing field which will soon diverge to cover materials which have high loading conditions coupled with extremely high temperatures. Continue reading
High chromium cast irons (HCCI’s) exhibit very good mechanical properties and offer benefits for a range of manufacturing applications.
One of the main flexibilities exhibited is the possibility of HCCI’s to have different matrix structures in different treatment states whether it be austenite in casting state, pearlite in annealing state, martensite in quenching state, and tempered martensite in tempering state.
Titanium and its alloys are well known for their high-strength and corrosion resistant properties but one distinct disadvantage is the challenges associated with bonding them with other materials. Brazing could provide a solution to these challenges since only the filler material is melted in the process therefore aiding dissimilar material bonding due to little or no effect on the two main subject materials. Continue reading
Phosphorus is a key impurity which affects predominantly the ductility of the finished product and so it is essential that methods are employed to keep the levels of phosphorus in a controlled and desirable range.
General control of phosphorus content is carried out by a plant specific dephosphorization process which is a model that is honed by continuous monitoring and adjustment.
A real steelmaking process involves many complex physical and chemical coupled phenomena such as oxidation, decarburization, dephosphorization, and slag formation.
Phosphorus is an element of representative impurities that should be kept as low as possible in conventional steel grades. Low phosphorus content steels are essential for steel applications where high ductility is required, such as thin sheets, deep drawn structures, pipelines, and automobile exteriors. Phosphorus’ ability to strengthen and embrittle ferrite imposes restrictions on the maximum phosphorus content for the aforementioned applications. The main source of phosphorus in steel is from the raw materials; thus, raw material selection is a way to maintain the phosphorus content within the desirable range.
In (BOF) oxygen steelmaking it is difficult to predict the distribution of phosphorus between slag and metal by direct application of models (listed in Table 1), even though a pseudo-steady state is usually attained between slag and metal towards the end of the blow. This is because under practical (shop-floor) conditions, besides the slag composition and temperature, the phosphorus distribution is found to depend also upon other parameters, such as slag mass, turndown carbon, initial phosphorus content of metal, intensity of bottom stirring, lance height, oxygen flow rate, addition scheme and timing of addition of fluxes and iron ore.
Therefore, each plant usually develops its own blowing practice and, on the basis of analysis of plant data, adapts a suitable model for control and prediction of phosphorus at tap. The selection of a control model is not a simple task. It is to be noted that the models listed in Table I do not explicitly take into account the effect of precipitation and/or dissolution of C2S on phosphorus distribution.
Table 1: Phosphorus Distribution log Lp Equations
The phosphorus [P] removal in BOS steelmaking is generally described by the ionic reaction shown in equation (1). From (1) it can be seen that a high [P] activity, high oxygen potential [O] and high basicity O2- all promote phosphorus removal. Also, [P] removal may also be represented by the simple molecular reaction, given in equation (2), allowing a Gibbs free energy to be calculated using equation (3).
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Date Published: Aug-2017
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