|About this Abstract
||2016 TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition
||7th International Symposium on High Temperature Metallurgical Processing
||Advanced Oxygen Lances for Safer Furnace Tapping Operations
||Peter Sylvén, Darwin Morales
|On-Site Speaker (Planned)
Despite being crucial for the smelting process, furnace tapping using oxygen lances has not been considered an operation that brings value. Therefore, these important tools have not seen a significant change in over 100 years. Problems related to the use of oxygen lances include:
• Inaccurate tool: causing damages shortening the life of the tap hole refractories.
• Safety: extended exposure to the operator in an unsafe area of the furnace.
• Cost: high oxygen consumption & high lance consumption.
• Time consuming and frustrating to connect one lance to another.
This paper will suggest a very good solution; new concept thermal lances. We will show how these provide an outstanding performance for a more efficient, faster and cost-effective furnace tapping operation. These new lances are very accurate tools that enable the operator to perform a more controlled operation; resulting in longer tap hole life, fewer repairs and less down-time.
||Planned: A print-only volume