In the first issue of the newly redesigned Steel Research International, biology meets steel-making in the Editor’s Choice paper where researchers use genetic algorithms to discover novel steel alloys. And, as featured on the front cover this month, a team from Yonsei University investigated the effect of titania additions on the viscosity of blast furnace slag. On a related topic Seetharaman and coworkers map the solidus and liquidus temperatures of slags with X-ray radiography and DSC.
Green steel-making is also the focus of 3 articles in this month’s issue, with researchers from São Paulo use microwaves to reduce iron ore, Baoshan Iron and Steel Corporation and Shanghai University put forward a new iron bath reactor concept and low CO2 hot metal production by integrating the blast furnace route and FINEX® process is reported in an article from Montanuniversität Leoben, Siemens and voestalpine.
Also in this month’s issue:
- An article from voestalpine and Johannes Kepler University describes using a finite element model to recalculate flow stresses in heavy plate rolling.
- Ultrafine grained steels with improved ductility are reported by a team from Northeastern University.
- Methods to determine trace quantities of Mg in steel are investigated in a head-to-head test of five analytical techniques.
- Researchers from Denmark continue their EXAFS investigation of the fine structure of expanded austenite.
- An article from Xingtai Iron and Steel and Northeastern University reports the recovery of iron and iron-oxides from blast furnace slags.
- Finally, Lei Shao and Henrik Saxén from Abo Akademi University in Finland get to the bottom of blast furnace drainage with a simplified simulation.