Measuring the Unmeasurable: Steelmaking, Fission Reactors, and Microalloyed Steels

by | Mar 13, 2012

A new model for steelmaking, fission reactor design, dissolution kinetics - this and more in the latest from Steel Research International.

In this month’s Editor’s Choice article, in work that could have major benefits for the steelmaking industry, researchers from Northeastern University, Shenyang, report a new model to predict the temperature of steel in ladle furnaces, while the front cover features an article from the Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden that questions the suitability of the rotating rod method for studying the kinetics of CaO dissolution in slag and proposes an alternative method.

To have your researched considered for the front cover of Steel Research International, make sure you include a draft cover design in your next manuscript submission.

Photo by Goodwin Steel Castings

If you’re interested in nuclear fission reactor design, researchers at the Georgian Technical University in Tbilisi investigate cracking after low-cycle fatigue in austenitic stainless steels applied in nuclear reactor vessels, fatigue of MIG-welded joints in air and sea water is investigated in a paper from India’s National Institute of Technology, and warm hydromechanical deep drawing is investigated by researchers from Beihang University.

Also, a team from the University of Science and Technology in Beijing characterize the precipitation of secondary phases in low carbon niobium microalloyed steels and a model to predict iron oxide activity in FeO-containing slags, the latter along with researchers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Finally, hydrodynamic modeling is used to investigate improved tundish designs in an article from the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Shanxi Taigang Stainless Steel Company, and look out for the April issue of Steel Research International, which will be dedicated to the latest developments in high manganese steels.

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