Strip Casting: Anticipating New Routes To Steel Sheet (Steel IOF)
The U.S. Department of Energy is partnering with the U.S. steel industry to evaluate the use of strip-cast material in conventional applications. The project will give partner companies direct experience with representative strip-cast materials to de-termine the processing steps necessary to ensure that the industry can use strip-cast material to produce competitive products. Strip casting has great potential to reduce the operating and investment costs for steel casting.
Strip casting on a commercial scale is now feasible for several grades of stainless steel and a carbon steel strip caster will be commercially available in the near future. The U.S. is one of the few major steel producing nations without a major effort in this area. Because the technology is developing outside the U.S., the U.S. steel industry lacks data on processing and potential applications of strip-cast materials.
Strip casting could become a niche market technology or a replacement for thick and thin slab casters. The program will help the steel industry obtain a critical understanding of how strip casting technology is likely to impact future com-petitiveness. Increased knowledge about the use of
strip-cast material in conventional applications