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An Integrated Design Strategy for Dust Collection and Slurry Transport Systems and Implementation in a Steel Plant

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Daniel J. Peters, Aquelius A. Young

Nu-Iron Unlimited, Point Lisas, Trinidad and Tobago

Paper No. MSEC2012-7390, pp. 707-713; 7 pages
  • ASME 2012 International Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference collocated with the 40th North American Manufacturing Research Conference and in participation with the International Conference on Tribology Materials and Processing
  • ASME 2012 International Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference
  • Notre Dame, Indiana, USA, June 4–8, 2012
  • Conference Sponsors: Manufacturing Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5499-0
  • Copyright © 2012 by ASME


Dust collection and slurry transportation systems are essential for effective collection and removal of metallic and dust fines. These are mainly used to eliminate pollution, recover water that is reused in the core steel process, and to capture solids which can be used in the raw material processes of making reduced iron. However, maintenance of slurry transportation systems is not only complex but also expensive, if not designed properly. This paper presents an integrated slurry transportation design strategy for greater performance, less maintenance and increased reliability thus resulting in effective asset management. This design has been implemented and successfully tested in an existing Steel plant. Experience suggests that the asset management is not merely a maintenance activity however methodical it may be. Although periodical maintenance cannot be totally eliminated, specifically in cases with slurry transport systems, the suggested approach in this paper uses a thoughtful design strategy with emphasis on safeguarding the environment, simplified routine maintenance and efficient system operation.

Copyright © 2012 by ASME
Topics: Steel , Dust , Design , Slurries



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