A process for forming a bar of constant cross-section directly from molten metal by gradually withdrawing the bar from a die as the metal flowing into the die solidifies.
A means of casting aluminum in which an ingot, billet, tube or other shape is continuously solidified and withdrawn while the molten metal is being poured, so that its length is not determined by mold dimensions.
A method of casting steel into a billet, bloom or slab directly from its molten form. Continuous casting avoids the need for large, expensive mills for rolling ingots into slabs. Continuous cast slabs also solidify in a few minutes versus several hours for an ingot. As a result, the chemical composition and mechanical properties are more uniform. Steel from the BOF or electric furnace is poured into a tundish (a shallow vessel that looks like a bathtub) atop the continuous caster. As steel carefully flows from the tundish down into the water-cooled copper mold of the caster, it solidifies into a ribbon of red-hot steel. At the bottom of the caster, torches cut the continuously flowing steel to form slabs or blooms.
A process that directly casts molten steel in a primary mill into smaller and thinner sections without the need for reheating steel ingots.
A process used to produce thin aluminum foil directly from liquid metal without hot rolling. Alcan's new proprietary Belt Casting Technology, called FLEXCASTERâ„¢, is a high production, extremely energy efficient, continuous casting process that transforms liquid aluminum into thin coils in a continuous operation.
A method of producing blooms, billets and slabs in long lengths using water cooled moulds. The castings are continuously withdrawn through the bottom of the caster whilst the teeming of the metal is proceeding. The need for primary and intermediate mills and the storage and use of large numbers of ingot moulds is eliminated. The continuous casting process is also used in the production of cast iron, aluminium and copper alloys.
Continuous forming of semi-finished steel products such as billets, blooms and slabs. Molten metal is poured continuously from a buffer refractory container known as a tundish into a water-cooled copper mould of the caster. Molten steel solidifies when it contacts the water-cooled mould to form an external shell of sufficient strength that will hold the remaining molten steel in its core. A spray of water assists the extraction of heat from this partially solidified steel strand. At the bottom of the steel caster, the steel strand is torch-cut into required lengths. Continuous casters can be used for producing slabs, blooms and billets, and are usually able to cast a few strands of steel simultaneously. NatSteel Asia uses a five-strand continuous caster that produces billets with cross-sectional areas of up 164mm².
A method of producing long lengths of solid steel of simple cross-sectional shape, such as slab, bloom or billet by pouring liquid steel from a ladle, via a tundish, into the top of a water-cooled metal mould of short length which is faced with a copper alloy. The solidifying product is continuously withdrawn from the bottom of the mould, and cut to length prior to further processing.
a process in which molten steel is poured into a tundish and ... the width can be adjusted ... the molten steel takes on a solid form ... the slab is cut to the required length
a production unit that transforms molten steel into a continuous slab
A process for casting molten steel directly into semi-finished shape (e.g. bloom, billet or slab).
A casting technique in which a cast shape is continuously withdrawn through the bottom of the mold as it solidifies, so that its length is not determined by mold dimensions.
A time-saving process of pouring stainless steel directly from the furnace into a billet, bloom or slab. Continuous casting eliminates the need for large, expensive mills.
Process for producing slabs from molten steel. The steel is cast via a tundish into a cooled mold which determines the dimensions (width, thickness) of the slab
Processes of pouring stainless steel into a billet, bloom, or slab directly from the furnace. This process avoids the need for large, expensive mills and also saves time because the slabs solidify in minutes rather than the several hours it takes it for an ingot to form.
Production method for castings where the molten metal is continuously poured into an open mould while the solidified metal is slowly withdrawn and coiled or cut to length by flying saw. May be a vertical, sidecasting or upcasting process.
Term often applied to twin roll casting, where thin strip is cast directly from molten metal.
a process in which steel slabs, blooms and billets are cast continuously (rather than into a series of separate ingots)
Continuous casting is a refinement of the casting process for the continuous, high-volume production of metal sections with a constant cross-section. It allows lower-cost production of metal sections with better quality, due to finer control through automation of the casting process. Steel is the metal with the largest tonnage cast by this process, although aluminium and copper are also continuously cast.