Development of The Automated Steel Cleanliness Analysis Tool (ASCAT) (Steel IOF)
The ultimate goal of the four year project is to develop technology that will allow steel producers to evaluate the quality of steel during production. The development and use of ASCAT will allow critical assessments and adjustments to be made within the production cycle. At the end of the four year development, it is anticipated that a fully functional ASCAT will be operational in steel mills. The overall effort led by RJ Lee Group involves Oak Ridge National Laboratory, RJ Fruehan Consulting, and RJ Lee Instruments, Ltd. Steel cleanliness will be monitored through analysis of individual inclusions using computer controlled scanning electron microscopy (CCSEM) techniques. This rapid and quantitative technique will be the foundation of the ASCAT.