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03 The Ladle Metallurgy Furnace

Step 3 | The Ladle Metallurgy Furnace (LMF)

Before each heat goes to the continuous Caster, it is processed at the Ladle Mettalulurgy Furnace (LMF).

At the LMF, the exact chemistry and temperature are achieved by adding and trimming alloying elements to precise levels. Additionally, we can deoxidize, desulfurize, and modify inclusions, while monitoring the chemistry, cleanliness and temperature needed for casting.

Alloys are added in either bulk or wire form. The temperature is adjusted with a set of electrodes similar to those at the electric furnace. An electoromagnetic stirring process and argon gas are used to mix the alloy additions and help remove inclusions.