Global Competitiveness Through Hybridization of FINEX and CEM Processes
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Professor Dong Joon MIN
Department of Materials Science and Engineering Yonsei University
Since the beginning of the ironmaking process at Caucasus from about 2000 B.C, the iron and steelmaking technology has been one of the underlying foundations responsible for the modern day civilization and human advancement. It is generally accepted that the blast furnace technology was established to be a typical maximill process route with the implementation of the basic oxygen steelmaking technology. However, the needs of diversification of raw materials and flexibility of process will accelerate the development of an alternative midi-mill ironmaking route by hybridization of individually optimized steelmaking technologies. The recent concept for hybridization is comprised of the FINEX and CEM technologies with particular attention for allowing a sustainable midi-mill process with high flexibility. The hybridization of the FINEX and CEM processes can provide high versatility by combining the advantages of their technological characteristics.