Molten iron being tapped from blast furnace

Molten iron being tapped from blast furnace

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Credit: HEINE SCHNEEBELI/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Steel production: molten iron being tapped from a blast furnace at a steel works. The blast furnace is used to produce iron for use in steel making. Iron ore, coke and limestone are added at the top of the furnace, molten iron and the slag of impurities collect in the hearth. The iron and slag need to be removed regularly as the process is continuous. The molten iron is led off and collected in a large vessel for transfer to the steel-making furnace.

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Keywords: blast furnace, foundry, furnace, industry, open hearth, steel, steel making, technology

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