The module is primarily designed for application to steelmaking and steel reﬁning processes including converters, such as basic oxygen furnaces, electric arc furnaces, ladle furnace metallurgy and more. The module can also be applied to other metallurgical processes.
If you work in steel processing or other metallurgical industries, the Process Metallurgy Module can help you better understand your steelmaking and steel refining process. You can optimize your current process parameters or design new steelmaking recipes if you are planning to expand your product portfolio to include new steel grades.
All of these questions can be investigated both under equilibrium conditions, as well as for a complete kinetic simulation of your steelmaking or -refining process.
A plot from the Process Metallurgy Module showing the ratio of liquid slag to all slag in the system CaO-Al2O3-SiO2 (blue contour lines) and CaO-10 wt% CaF2-Al2O3-SiO2 (red contour lines) at 1600°C in equilibrium with a steel phase showing the extended liquid region on CaF2 addition.
Several in-depth examples are available that demonstrate how the Process Metallurgy Module can be used at various stages thorughout the steelmaking process. Each example includes a PDF write-up as well as calculation files that can be downloaded and run in Thermo-Calc.
A plot from the Process Metallurgy Module. The red colors in the upper right-hand corner at high silicon dioxide (SiO2) and aluminium oxide (Al2O3) contents show that the steel contains high amounts of sulfur. This means that only a little of the sulfur in the liquid steel partitioned into the slag phase and tells us that the slag phase has a poor capacity to take up sulphur. The blue colors in the lower left-hand corner indicate that the liquid steel contains only very low amounts of sulfur, so this would indicate a slag composition that is very effective at removing sulfur, or in other words, has a high sulphur capacity.
This in-depth webinar shows you how Thermo-Calc can be applied to steel-making and steel refining using the new Process Metallurgy Module and the TCOX9 thermodynamic database for oxides and slags. The webinar walks you through several examples showing how Thermo-Calc can be used during the steelmaking and steel refining process.
Read about some of the applications of the Process Metallurgy Module in the recent publication, A Kinetic and Thermodynamic Description of the Steel Making Process using Thermo-Calc and the CALPHAD Database TCOX, by A. N. Grundy, M. Powell, R. Rettig, L. Kjellqvist, J. Jeppsson, A. Jansson and J. Bratberg. The paper was published in the Precedings of METEC & 3rd ESTAD 2019, European Steel Technology and Application Days: Düsseldorf, Germany, CCD Congress Center Düsseldorf, 24 - 28 June 2019.
This paper shows how the Process Metallurgy Module can be used to model the entire steel making process and gives a detailed example using a real case from a steel plant in Ontario, Canda.
The paper was published as part of the TMS Proceedings 11th International Symposium on High Temperature Metallurgical Processing.
The Process Metallurgy Module makes it easy to define the composition of a steel and slag system because the calculator automatically provides the three common material groups—Steel, Slag and Gas— and provides default composition input types that are relevant to each material group.
You can also save your material compositions right from the calculator and quickly access them in the future. For example, you might want to predefine compositions of steels, ferro-alloys, slags and slag additions. The overall composition of the steel and slag is then obtained by simply adding amounts of these predefined materials.
Several example calculations demonstrating some of the uses of the Process Metallurgy Module for steel and slag are included with all new downloads of Thermo-Calc. You can access the examples from within Thermo-Calc in the Help menu > Examples Files… then click on the folder titled Process Metallurgy. Double-click on an example to load the calculation in Thermo-Calc. There are also videos explaining some of the examples, which are included on this page.
If you do not have a license for Thermo-Calc 2019b or newer, download a free DEMO version of Thermo-Calc to run the one simplified example included in the DEMO version of the software.
The Process Metallurgy Module, introduced in 2019b, is available for free for all users with a license for TCOX10, TCOX9 and/or TCOX8, and valid Maintenance & Support Subscription (M&SS). If you meet these requirements, your license will automatically include the Process Metallurgy Module.
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