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Operating experiences with a strip casting demonstration plant are described. This involved test results using a 304 grade stainless steel feedstock, and the different methods used to distribute the liquid steel in the roll entry. A range of engineering modifications were carried out to the strip casting pilot plant to improve operating consistency, product quality, and product handling. These included modifications to the mill drive, the edge containment system, and the installation of a product coiler. The direct cast strip product was the subject of detailed surface and dimensional studies in the as-cast condition. Through-thickness segregation and microstructural studies were carried out on selected samples. Heat treatment and cold rolling studies were carried out to homogenize the product structure. The results of these studies were used to specify the requirement of a pioneer scale strip casting plant with a theoretical throughput of ~200 ktpa.

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Authors: THOMPSON G L, British Steel plc, London (GB);HIGSON S R, British Steel plc, London (GB);WILSON T M, British Steel plc, London (GB)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 18298 EN (1998) 16pp., ECU 7.00
Availability: Available from the (2)
ISBN: ISBN 92-828-3858-7
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