Environment is a key feature in the April edition of Steel Times International with nearly half the issue devoted to this topic.
Three articles relate to scrap recycling in China which, despite contributing 84Mt to steelmaking in 2012, is still an underutilised resource since EAF steel production accounts for only 10% of steel output – and much of this charges molten or cold pig iron − while BOF oxygen steelmaking charges on average only 7% of scrap, well below most western steelmakers.
Other features on the environment are a report on the final trials of the ULCOS experimental top gas recycling blast furnace, an article on LanzaTech’s fermentation process to convert CO into ethanol and other chemical pre-cursors, methods of reducing energy consumption in electric motors at SAIL’s plants in India and the latest CSP Flex thin slab – rolling lines which provide a 40% energy saving compared with conventional casting and rolling.
The second feature is electric arc steelmaking with a paper from Air Liquide which address operations under non-conventional conditions of liquid metal and/or DRI charging.
Conference reports detail CRU’s recent World Steel gathering in Hong Kong and the Met coke world summit recently held in Pittsburgh.
There are four ‘Updates’ in this issue as the regular USA, Latin American and Chinese columns are supplemented by ‘Japan Update’ which appears four times a year.
As usual, News Statistics and Events occupy the first four pages of the issue.
The regular History feature reviews a remarkable DVD recently released by the British Film Institute which contains 20 archive films covering UK steelmaking dating from 1901 to 1987.
The March issue of Steel Times International features continuous casting and furnaces, conference reports on the return of the French Steel Association conference in Paris and Steel Success Strategies (Europe) which this year moved from London to Istanbul to reflect the growth in the steel industry there.
A report on the conference ‘Ironmaking: ICSTI-12 A report on the international ironmaking conference’ can be downloaded from the STI website www.steeltimesint.com/features
The regular Updates include a focus on the scrap industry in China – a topic which will be dealt with in more detail in the April issue.
News, statistics and events complete the regular sections.
A profile on Europe’s largest Service Centre, Italian based Marcegagalia is included and the History page in this issue reviews the recently published ‘Ribbon of Fire – How Europe adopted and developed US strip mill technology (1920-2000)’.
The New Year starts with features on Handling and Analysis & Testing, four conference reports, the final article in the series ‘Know Your Steel’ and the History page which is dedicated to Bessemer to commemorate the 200th anniversary of his birth.
The Handling feature examines transport of steel by river in the USA and the effects of the drought there, new transporters for moving coil at Tata Steel IJmuiden and the upgrading of an ore tripper in India with a change from conducting rail to cable power supply.
The Analysis and Testing feature looks at the assessment of mould fluxes for thin slab casters, the recovery of ferro-alloy fines by induction melting and Panalytical’s recent agreement with OBLF to distribute and service their optical emission spectrometers.
Reports on the Alacero Latin American conference and CRU’s North American steel conference appear in the issue and two further reports on Stahl 2012 and Metal Expo in Moscow are downloadable from the web site.
The regular pages of News, statistics, diary of events and four Regional Updates – USA, Latin America, India and China are, as always, present.