• New IFRF Journal Publication – High Temperature Oxidation of Steel in an Oxygen-enriched Low NOx Furnace Environment

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The IFRF on-line Combustion Journal today publishes its first paper of the Autumn session.

High Temperature Oxidation of Steel in an Oxygen-enriched Low NOX Furnace Environment

has been authored by D. Poirier, E.W. Grandmaison, M.D. Matovic, K.R. Barnes and B.D. Nelson of Queens University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

Corresponding Author:
Name: E.W. Grandmaison
Affiliation:  Department of Chemical Engineering
Queen’s University
Kingston, ON K7L 3N6

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Email: ted.grandmaison@chee.queensu.ca

This paper deals with the development of scale on five different grades of steel as it would form on the slab surface in a reheat furnace. The scale development rate and properties are evaluated. This work is particularly interesting in that the influence of oxygen enrichment in the burner and the stack oxygen concentration on the steel scaling is presented.


Steel scaling tests have been performed in a research furnace utilizing an oxygen-enriched, low NOX, burner.  This work was performed in conjunction with a study of the combustion characteristics for the Canadian Gas Research Institute (CGRI) low NOX burner.  The furnace (a facility of the Centre for Advanced Gas Combustion Technology (CAGCT)) was fired with the burner mounted in a sidewall configuration similar to the geometry encountered in steel reheat furnaces.  Scale habit, intactness, adhesion and oxidation rates were examined for five grades of steel over a range of stack oxygen concentrations (~0.8% – ~4.3%) and oxygen enrichment levels (0 – 90%) at 1100°C.  Steel grade had the largest effect on scaling properties examined in this work.  Within the tests for each grade, stack oxygen concentration had the largest effect on the scaling properties while oxygen enrichment level had only a small effect.

Key Words:
steel scaling, reheat furnace, low NOX burners, oxygen-enrichment

This paper is now available to read or download from the IFRF Journal at http://www.journal.ifrf.net/articles.html

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