Applications - Metals Production

Blast Furnace

The Blast Furnace remains an important part of today’s steel production industry, and Extrel’s MAX300-IG™ Industrial Gas Analyzer continues to provide the analytical information today’s process engineers need for optimum process control.

Extrel’s MAX300 Series is relied on for a multitude of measurements, such as:

  • Analysis of the reducing gas at several different levels within the blast furnace
  • Fast analysis of the gas composition at several points to allow for precise air control
  • Analysis results that allow plant operators to increase or decrease the flow rate of incoming air

Fast, real-time analysis provides engineers with more control over their processes and is the key feature driving the market for the MAX300 Series. Data provided from these quadrupole mass spectrometer systems can be used to significantly optimize ore reduction processing times, and can lower energy costs.

In addition to its use for Top Gas analysis in the blast furnace, the MAX300-IG Industrial Gas Analyzer is also often used for analysis during blowdown and quench operations. Along with monitoring the combustion products to indicate the progress of the blowdown and the appropriate quench, hydrogen can be monitored to ensure that explosive levels can be avoided. Analysis during this process results in:

  • Faster turnaround due to accurate endpoint detection
  • Increased safety through monitoring hydrogen
  • Reduced risk of damage to furnace components

For nearly 35 years, Extrel has produced process mass spectrometers for industrial applications with the reliability and performance needed for demanding applications in the toughest environments.

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