Converter steelmaking

Converter steelmaking

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Caption: Pouring hot steel melt from converter. The converter is employed in the steelmaking process known as BOS, that is Basic Oxygen Steelmaking. During this process a carbon-rich melt know as "pig iron" is converted into pure steel. During the process burnt lime and/or dolomite are added to effect removal of the impurities and to protect the lining of the converter.The burnt lime and dolomite are fluxes of a basic nature, hence the naming (BOS) of the process.

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Keywords: basic oxygen, burnt lime, conversion, converter, dolomite, flux, hot, impurities, lime, lining, melt, pig iron, purify, steel, steelmaking

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