The BOF converter has a capacity of up to 400 t hot metal. In combined-blowing BOF converters the top lance features supersonic nozzles that accelerate oxygen to twice the speed of sound and blow it into the melt. A foamy emulsion is formed from melt and slag droplets and carbon monoxide bubbles. To ensure thorough mixing of the melt, inert gas is injected through bottom stirring plugs. Typical issues concerning the BOF process are the best vessel design, the process gas flow rates, the type, number and location of the supersonic nozzles and the bottom stirring plugs as well as their position in relation to each another, the mixing effects, and the post-combustion rate in the vessel´s top part.
- Layout of BOF vessel size and shape
- Fluid-dynamic design of top blowing lance and supersonic nozzles
- Prediction of type, number and location of bottom stirring elements
- Mixing and homogenization time
- Surface oscillation, splashing, and skulling phenomena
- Depth of oxygen jet penetration
- Probable regions of refractory lining wear rate