Online ISSN : 1883-2954
Print ISSN : 0021-1575
ISSN-L : 0021-1575
Estimation of Metal Flow in the Hearth and the Hearth Brick Protection Mechanism in Chiba No. 6 Blast Furnace
Shiro WATAKABEKanji TAKEDAYoshitaka SAWATakanari KAWAI
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2000 Volume 86 Issue 5 Pages 301-308


Chiba No. 6 blast furnace was blown out after the world record of service life, twenty years and nine months. During the blowing out operation, tracer was injected from the No. 23 tuyere. Further, metal, coke and slag in the lower part of the furnace were gathered and analysed to investigate the metal flow at the hearth bottom, and the protection mechanism of the hearth brick. As a result, a stable solidified layer of hot metal formed during most of the operation period has played a key role to prevent the hearth brick wear. The formation of the solidified layer is explained by the stagnant metal flow which is caused by the "low permeability zone".

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