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Title: Automated Steel Cleanliness Analysis Tool (ASCAT)

Abstract

The objective of this study was to develop the Automated Steel Cleanliness Analysis Tool (ASCATTM) to permit steelmakers to evaluate the quality of the steel through the analysis of individual inclusions. By characterizing individual inclusions, determinations can be made as to the cleanliness of the steel. Understanding the complicating effects of inclusions in the steelmaking process and on the resulting properties of steel allows the steel producer to increase throughput, better control the process, reduce remelts, and improve the quality of the product. The ASCAT (Figure 1) is a steel-smart inclusion analysis tool developed around a customized next-generation computer controlled scanning electron microscopy (NG-CCSEM) hardware platform that permits acquisition of inclusion size and composition data at a rate never before possible in SEM-based instruments. With built-in customized ''intelligent'' software, the inclusion data is automatically sorted into clusters representing different inclusion types to define the characteristics of a particular heat (Figure 2). The ASCAT represents an innovative new tool for the collection of statistically meaningful data on inclusions, and provides a means of understanding the complicated effects of inclusions in the steel making process and on the resulting properties of steel. Research conducted by RJLG with AISI (American Iron and Steelmore » Institute) and SMA (Steel Manufactures of America) members indicates that the ASCAT has application in high-grade bar, sheet, plate, tin products, pipes, SBQ, tire cord, welding rod, and specialty steels and alloys where control of inclusions, whether natural or engineered, are crucial to their specification for a given end-use. Example applications include castability of calcium treated steel; interstitial free (IF) degasser grade slag conditioning practice; tundish clogging and erosion minimization; degasser circulation and optimization; quality assessment/steel cleanliness; slab, billet or bloom disposition; and alloy development. Additional benefits of ASCAT include the identification of inclusions that tend to clog nozzles or interact with refractory materials. Several papers outlining the benefits of the ASCAT have been presented and published in the literature. The paper entitled ''Inclusion Analysis to Predict Casting Behavior'' was awarded the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) Medal in 2004 for special merit and importance to the steel industry. The ASCAT represents a quantum leap in inclusion analysis and will allow steel producers to evaluate the quality of steel and implement appropriate process improvements. In terms of performance, the ASCAT (1) allows for accurate classification of inclusions by chemistry and morphological parameters, (2) can characterize hundreds of inclusions within minutes, (3) is easy to use (does not require experts), (4) is robust, and (5) has excellent image quality for conventional SEM investigations (e.g., the ASCAT can be utilized as a dual use instrument). In summary, the ASCAT will significantly advance the tools of the industry and addresses an urgent and broadly recognized need of the steel industry. Commercialization of the ASCAT will focus on (1) a sales strategy that leverages our Industry Partners; (2) use of ''technical selling'' through papers and seminars; (3) leveraging RJ Lee Group's consulting services, and packaging of the product with a extensive consulting and training program; (4) partnering with established SEM distributors; (5) establishing relationships with professional organizations associated with the steel industry; and (6) an individualized plant by plant direct sales program.« less

Authors:
 [1];  [1];  [1];  [2];  [3]
  1. (RJ Lee Group)
  2. (Carnegie Mellon University)
  3. (US Steel)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
RJ Lee Group, Inc.
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)
OSTI Identifier:
861927
Report Number(s):
ASCAT FINAL TECHNICAL REPORT
TRN: US0702254
DOE Contract Number:  
FC36-99ID13820
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
12 MANAGEMENT OF RADIOACTIVE WASTES, AND NON-RADIOACTIVE WASTES FROM NUCLEAR FACILITIES; 36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; 47 OTHER INSTRUMENTATION; AUTOMATION; CLEANING; COMMERCIALIZATION; INTERSTITIALS; METAL INDUSTRY; MINIMIZATION; OPTIMIZATION; SCANNING ELECTRON MICROSCOPY; STEELS; WELDING RODS; steel cleanliness, inclusions, scanning electron microscopy, cluster analysis

Citation Formats

Gary Casuccio, Michael Potter, Fred Schwerer, Dr. Richard J. Fruehan, and Dr. Scott Story. Automated Steel Cleanliness Analysis Tool (ASCAT). United States: N. p., 2005. Web. doi:10.2172/861927.
Gary Casuccio, Michael Potter, Fred Schwerer, Dr. Richard J. Fruehan, & Dr. Scott Story. Automated Steel Cleanliness Analysis Tool (ASCAT). United States. doi:10.2172/861927.
Gary Casuccio, Michael Potter, Fred Schwerer, Dr. Richard J. Fruehan, and Dr. Scott Story. Fri . "Automated Steel Cleanliness Analysis Tool (ASCAT)". United States. doi:10.2172/861927. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/861927.
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