Continuous Casting

In the continuous casting process liquid steel flows out of the ladle into the tundish (or holding tank) and then is fed into a water-cooled copper mold. Solidification begins in the mold, and continues through the caster. The strand is straightened, torch-cut, then, traditionally, discharged for intermediate storage. As considerable amounts of energy is needed to reheat these cast items as part of the subsequent rolling processes, advancements such as near-net-shape-casting or better integration of continuous casting and rolling operations are emerging as promising options to improve energy efficiency and productivity.

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Continuous CastingCosts & Benefits

Parent Process: Casting
Energy Savings Potential

Energy savings are reported to be 5.86 GJ/t-billets (UNIDO, 2011. p. 42)

CO2 Emission Reduction Potential
Parent Process:
Energy Savings Potential
CO2 Emission Reduction Potential



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Continuous Casting Publications

Industrial Development Report 2011 - Industrial Energy Efficiency for Sustainable Wealth Creation

The report includes valuable information on the industrial energy efficiency trends and potentials and their environmental, economic and social implications. The report also covers barriers to industrial energy efficiency and offers alternative approaches for overcoming these barriers.

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