Good Practices for Avoiding Fires in Steel Mill Oxygen Systems

    Volume 6, Issue 10 (November 2009)

    ISSN: 1546-962X


    Published Online: 14 September 2009

    Page Count: 13

    Forsyth, Elliot T.
    Technical Consultant, Oxygen Safety Consultants, Inc., Wendell Hull & Associates, Inc., Tulsa, OK

    Newton, Barry E.
    VP R&D, Wendell Hull and Associates, Inc., Las Cruces, NM

    Chiffoleau, Gwenael J. A.
    Senior Scientist, Test Facility Manager, Wendell Hull & Associates, Inc., Las Cruces, NM

    Brophy, Brendan
    Process Engineer, North Star BlueScope Steel, Delta, OH

    (Received 21 January 2009; accepted 18 August 2009)


    Over time, oxygen has been used with increasing frequency in the steel industry. Applications include basic oxygen furnaces, electric arc furnaces, scrap melting, lancing operations, and slab-cutting operations. Because of the inherently “dirty” environment of most steel mills, avoiding contaminants in the oxygen systems can be challenging and numerous fires have occurred due to contaminant-promoted ignition sources. This paper presents many good practices that can be practically implemented to reduce the risk of oxygen fires in typical steel mill oxygen system installations.

    Paper ID: JAI102299

    DOI: 10.1520/JAI102299

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    Title Good Practices for Avoiding Fires in Steel Mill Oxygen Systems
    Symposium Twelfth International Symposium on Flammability and Sensitivity of Materials in Oxygen-Enriched Atmospheres, 2009-10-09
    Committee G04