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    Good Practices for Avoiding Fires in Steel Mill Oxygen Systems

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    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.


    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

    Committee/Subcommittee: G04.02

    DOI: 10.1520/STP48838S