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The report describes work carried out in completing a project supported by the ECSC Steel Research Pilot Plant and Demonstration Programme. The project utilised a pilot plant horizontal thin slab caster, and the aim was to find solutions in various problem areas with a view to progressing to a detailed design for a prototype plant. Attention was focussed on the feed system which distributes the liquid metal onto the mould surface. The behaviour of the mould surface was also investigated in great detail, both because of its influence on product quality, and because of the need to find a practicable system as regards maintenance and availability. The product has been the subject of continuous surface assessment, and two series of small scale rolling trials followed by metallographic and mechanical testing were undertaken. Overall, a very detailed understanding of plant characteristics and their influence on product properties has been obtained. In a number of areas problems have been overcome or ameliorated, resulting in a significant improvement in plant operation or product properties. However, sufficient areas of doubt have remained to make the step of moving to the detailed design of a prototype plant unrealistic.

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Authors: JACKAMAN D P, British Steel plc, London (GB);MARR H S, British Steel plc, London (GB);ROBERTSON T, British Steel plc, London (GB)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 13937 EN (1992) 190 pp., FS, ECU 16.25
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ISBN: ISBN 92-826-3496-5
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