2003 Volume 43 Issue 8 Pages 1115-1127
Increased competition and the need to decrease steel product prices has combined with other factors such as growing salaries, increasing cost for electricity and raw materials to apply pressure to both mini and integrated mills. To compete in the future market and to maintain market share, both mills will need to use new efficient technologies capable of supplying steel strip products of high quality at low cost. Large investments in the development of strip casting process by the main world steel produces and plantmakers have already occurred due to its huge potential to substantially reduce the investment cost of steel strip production. Open literature on the continuous casting has been reviewed, with emphasis on strip casting of steel as new generation of continuous casting technology and has covered the following topics: current trends in production of steel strip; advantages of strip produced direct from the melt; strip casting process; strip quality; commercial strip casters and expenditure on research and development of the strip casting process.