Determination of energy requirements for ironmaking processes: It's not that straightforward

Hong Yong Sohn, Miguel Olivas-Martinez

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Different approaches are used for calculating the 'energy requirement' of a process. The determination of energy requirement becomes confusing for a process in which a fuel is also a reactant. The key issue is which heat of chemical reaction should be included in the 'energy requirement' value. We will use the example of ironmaking processes to illustrate the problem. The different approaches essentially boil down to the question: does one include the combustion heat of the reductant used in the reduction reaction or just the heat of the reduction reaction? Depending on the viewpoint, either approach can be accepted; it is a matter of convention. There is a need, however, to select a standard approach because the absolute value of 'energy requirement' of a process depends on the choice. The energy requirement of a novel flash ironmaking process will be compared with that of an average blast furnace operation.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages8
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes
EventTMS Annual Meeting -
Duration: 1 Jan 2014 → …


ConferenceTMS Annual Meeting
Period1/01/14 → …


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