Ironmaking

General Areas Served

Crude steel production begins with the reduction process, whereby iron ore reacts with carbon sources inside the blast furnace. It is imperative that refractory products used inside the blast furnace are resistant to these thermomechanical and thermochemical reactions.

 

Saint-Gobain Performance Ceramics & Refractories designs, engineers and supplies a comprehensive range of high quality refractory products and solutions, specifically developed for blast furnaces.

An extensive range of refractories ideal for use downstream of the blast furnace is also available, including:

  • High quality tap hole mixes, customized to meet customer requirements
  • Concretes with excellent performance characteristics, ideal for troughs and runners
  • Alumina silicon carbide carbon bricks for torpedo ladles

 

Saint-Gobain Performance Ceramics & Refractories is also focused on developing materials for the evolving needs of DRI (Direct Reduced Iron) processes. Refractory requirements increase in line with H2 usage.

 

Saint-Gobain Performance Ceramics & Refractories’ extensive experience in related industries (for example, pure H2 atmosphere) makes it uniquely suited to providing optimal solutions to meet this challenge.

 

Saint-Gobain Performance Ceramics & Refractories is currently working to become carbon neutral by 2050 – a goal shared across much of the ironmaking industry.

 

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Service Portfolio Covering Every Stage of the Iron Making Process

R&D Support

Upfront analyses are available around all material choices. Rapid support and immediate technical assistance are available during both emergencies and routine operation.

 

Design and Engineering

Customized/adjusted design and modeling capabilities to help minimize maintenance/relining frequency while reducing melting energy consumption.

 

 

Installation and Repair

High quality installation services are designed to optimize performance. Installation services focus on customers’ individual operational constraints, including supervision, installation and intermediary repairs.

Supervision

The latest methods and innovative installation techniques are shared with customers, ensuring the maximum service life and optimal operational safety conditions for any installation. Experienced teams work closely with customers, in person or via digital platforms.

Training

A comprehensive portfolio of training sessions, seminars, and customized technical support are available, empowering customers to make the best choices around refractory material selection and installation.