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Iron Ore & Steel Making Fundamentals

2-Day Training Course: Learn about the raw materials & how they convert to saleable products. A comprehensive introduction to the technical & process steps involved in the manufacture of iron & steel products emphasising how the raw material characteristics impact end product quality

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Key Learning Objectives

  • De-mystifying terminology to provide a clearer understanding of the relevance of industry related information
  • Improved knowledge of the inter-relationship between the various technical processes involved with the steel business
  • Understand the impact of chemical and physical attributes of raw materials upon the steel plant customer to clarify the value-in-use of various raw materials
  • The nature of the role of supporting services like refractories, water, power, shipping to demystify the complexity of the iron/steel process
  • The environmental controls employed to improve understanding of the environmental footprint of the steel business
  • Australia’s role in the global steel industry through analysis of trade flows of raw materials and steel products

About the Course

Australia enjoys a pre-eminent role in the global steel industry through its endowment of the key raw materials required for steelmaking – iron ore and coking coal.

Australia’s current role as the largest sea-borne supplier of both coking coal and iron ore with prospects of becoming more dominant in the future will be discussed.

This course aims to provide non-technical participants, with interests associated directly or indirectly with the mining, mineral processing and manufacturing industries, understanding of the processes involved in converting ironmaking raw materials into steel products.

The course will include an overview of the geology, mining and preparation of ironmaking raw materials in a global perspective.

A detailed description of the processes involved on a typical steel plant site will be provided. The impact of raw material characteristics will be highlighted where appropriate.

The course will also investigate trends in steel production practices and examine some of the possible future directions for steelmaking technology and equipment.

Recognising that the steel industry is a large, complex and important cornerstone of the economy in many countries, some of the major supporting activities will also be discussed.

Who Will Benefit

Anyone with interests associated directly or indirectly with the mining, mineral processing and manufacturing industries who want to understand the processes involved in converting iron making raw materials into steel products.

Mining company marketing managers, geologists and operational staff, finance industry analysts and investors.

Testimonials

Excellent content, professional & relaxed presentation. Keith is easy to talk with & an expert in his field.
Mine Geologist, Cliffs Natural Resources

Course Outline

Understanding the Building Blocks

Introduction & overview

  • Examine samples of the raw materials and in-process products
  • overview a steelworks site identifying the key components
  • introduce the major jargon – incl. semi-finished and finished products

Iron ore fundamentals

  • Geology
  • Types
  • Deposit locations
  • Products

Sintering

  • Process flowsheet description
  • Key operational characteristics

Pelletising

  • Process flowsheet description
  • Key operational characteristics

Coal fundamentals

  • Geology
  • Types
  • Deposit locations
  • Products

Coal preparation

  • Process flowsheet description
  • Key operational characteristics

Coke-making

  • Process flowsheet description
  • Key operational characteristics
  • By-product versus non-recovery batteries

Blast furnace ironmaking

  • Process flowsheet description
  • Key operational characteristics

Oxygen steelmaking

  • Process flowsheet description
  • Key operational characteristics
  • Hot metal pre-treatment

Electric steelmaking & stainless steel

  • Process flowsheet description
  • Key operational characteristics

Ladle refining & vacuum degassing

  • Process flowsheet description
  • Key operational characteristics

Forming, rolling & coating

  • Process flowsheet description
  • Key operational characteristics

Putting the Building Blocks Together

Raw material trade & materials handling

  • Iron ore and coal trade flows
  • Shipping
  • Stockpiles

Measures & process implications of iron ore quality

  • Chemical analysis
  • Physical properties
  • Lump versus fine ore
  • Mineralogy

Measures & process implications of coal quality

  • Proximate analysis
  • Physical properties
  • Carbonisation properties
  • Caking and non-caking coals
  • Petrographic analysis

Measures & process implications of sinter, pellet & coke quality

  • Chemical analysis
  • Physical analysis
  • Cold strength tests
  • Hot strength tests

Process implications on blast furnace operations & hot metal quality

  • Impact of sinter and pellet quality on blast furnace operation
  • Impact of coke quality on blast furnace operation
  • Blast furnace operation with pulverised coal injection (PCI)
  • Hot metal pre-treatment

Implications of steel product requirements

  • Impact of steel grade on steelmaking operations
  • Impact of steel product type on post steelmaking treatment

Slags

  • Blast furnace slag
  • Steelmaking slags
  • Utilisation of slags

Refractories, energy & in-plant transportation

  • What are refractories and where are they used
  • Overview of the steelworks energy balance
  • Torpedo and other ladles

Steel trade & other marketing issues

  • The market for semi-finished steel products
  • Long products versus flat products

Plant layout & location issues

  • Product flow within the steel plant
  • Coastal versus inland sites
  • Strategic advantage in location – proximity to raw materials, market etc.

Recent trends & possible future process developments

  • Alternative cokemaking processes
  • Alternative ironmaking processes
  • Steelmaking practice innovations in Asia

Conclusion & review

 

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