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International Paper Published in STEEL TECH (ISSN 0976-4232) Vol:7 No:3 in April 2013
Ferroalloys are added as deoxidizing agents and additives to increase strength, elasticity and abrasion & corrosion resistance of steel. The preferred size of ferroalloy lumps for steel making is 10mm – 80 mm to optimize the operational efficiency. Ferroalloy lumps are produced by manual breaking of casted alloy cakes which generates 5-10% fines which cannot be used in bulk steel making process (like the commonly used LD process) because of handing and operational difficulties. Therefore, we at Tata Steel developed an agglomeration process for ferroalloy fines and used the briquettes thus produced for making steel. The developed process described in the paper is an economic, environment friendly and efficient way to utilize the ferroalloy fines in steel making.