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Title: Method to prevent/mitigate steam explosions in casting pits

Steam explosions can be prevented or mitigated during a metal casting process by the placement of a perforated flooring system in the casting pit. An upward flow of compressed gas through this perforated flooring system is introduced during the casting process to produce a buffer layer between any spilled molten metal and the cooling water in the reservoir. This buffer layer provides a hydrodynamic layer which acts to prevent or mitigate steam explosions resulting from hot, molten metal being spilled into or onto the cooling water. 3 figs.
Inventors:
Issue Date:
OSTI Identifier:
415759
Assignee:
Lockheed Martin Energy Systems, Inc., Oak Ridge, TN (United States) PTO; SCA: 320303; PA: EDB-97:014226; SN: 97001714595
Patent Number(s):
US 5,586,597/A/
Application Number:
PAN: 8-573,813
Contract Number:
AC05-84OR21400
Resource Relation:
Other Information: PBD: 24 Dec 1996
Research Org:
Lockheed Martin Energy Syst Inc
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
32 ENERGY CONSERVATION, CONSUMPTION, AND UTILIZATION; FOUNDRIES; DESIGN; MOLTEN METAL-WATER REACTIONS; MITIGATION; CASTING; FLOORS

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