ISIJ International
Online ISSN : 1347-5460
Print ISSN : 0915-1559
ISSN-L : 0915-1559
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Effect of Fe3C on Carburization and Smelting Behavior of Reduced Iron in Blast Furnace
Kotaro SatoTakuro NoguchiTakahiro MikiYasushi SasakiMitsutaka Hino
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2011 Volume 51 Issue 8 Pages 1269-1273


Suppression of CO2 discharged from iron- and steel- making companies is an example of the biggest issues for the protection of global environment and sustainable growth of steelmaking industry. One of the efforts made to decrease the emission of CO2 in ironmaking process is blowing of hydrogen gas into blast furnace. Hydrogen gas can reduce iron oxide and form harmless H2O. Cementite (Fe3C) may be formed by introduction of hydrogen into blast furnace and play an important role on carburization and smelting behavior of reduced iron.
The conditions that Fe3C was formed were experimentally determined by changing CO–CO2–H2 gas composition in the present work. As the result, it was found that there is a possibility of Fe3C formation by hydrogen gas introduction into blast furnace. Therefore, the effect of Fe3C on smelting behavior of reduced iron was also observed, and it was confirmed that the presence of Fe3C will have positive effect on enhancing carburization and smelting of reduced iron.

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