STP1522

    Good Practices for Avoiding Fires in Steel Mill Oxygen Systems

    Published: Jan 2009


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    Abstract

    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.

    Keywords:

    oxygen, fires, steel mill, good practices, oxygen cleaning, design, cutting torch, oxygen lance


    Author Information:

    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


    Paper ID: STP48838S

    Committee/Subcommittee: G04.02

    DOI: 10.1520/STP48838S


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