About this Research Topic
Steel is the most widely used engineering material; crude steel production reached 1.808 billion tonnes in the year of 2018 and is still increasing. Growing industrial demands for steel create a pressing need to develop more efficient steel manufacturing and processing methods. Simultaneously, it is important to consider how we can optimize these processes to improve the mechanical properties and durability of the produced steel to meet ever more complex construction demands. Additionally, information technology has dramatically promoted the development of production process, such as big data and artificial intelligence, which are bringing about a new wave of technological innovation in this traditional and large-scale industry.
Although significant progress has been achieved to efficiently produce high quality steel at a low cost, many challenges are still open and new research themes are raised for exploration. This research topic aims to highlight recent Advances in Steel Manufacturing and Processing. In particular, new developments and technologies concerning converter steelmaking, EAF steelmaking, ladle refining, steel cleanness, non-metallic inclusion management, slag optimization, continuous casting, ingot casting, heat treatment, rolling, quality control, process optimization, intelligent manufacturing, and numerical and physical simulation of mentioned processes are encouraged. We wish to collect a series of quality work on this topic, for the purpose of better understanding relevant mechanisms and facilitating engineering applications.
This Research Topic welcomes contributions addressing all aspects of steel manufacturing and processing toward tackling the above questions. As such, we solicit submissions in the form of Research, (mini) Review and Perspective articles, including but not limited to the following themes:
• Optimization of steelmaking and continuous casting process
• New characterization methods of steel production
• Simulation and optimization of metallurgical process
• Metallurgical process engineering
• Intelligent metallurgy and manufacturing
• Steel processing
• High-quality steel production
• Slag optimization, thermodynamics and kinetics
• Physical metallurgy of steel
• Clean steel production
• Special metallurgical process
Keywords: process metallurgy, Steel, physical metallurgy, optimization, intelligent manufacturing
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