Journal of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy
On-line version ISSN 2411-9717
NAGASHANMUGAM, K.B.; PILLAI, M.S. and RAVICHANDAR, D.. 'Salem Box Test' to predict the suitability of metallurgical coke for blast furnace ironmaking. J. S. Afr. Inst. Min. Metall. [online]. 2015, vol.115, n.2, pp. 131-136. ISSN 2411-9717.
Blast furnace performance depends strongly on the coke reactivity index (CRI) and coke strength after reaction (CSR) properties. An innovative and cost-effective method, known as the Salem Box Test, has been developed to prevent the mass production of inferior coke unsuitable for blast furnace use. This method consists of coal carbonization on a micro-scale and involves charging approximately 18 kg of coal blend in a stainless steel box, carbonizing it together with coal cake in the plant coke ovens, and testing the coke produced for CRI and CSR to determine its suitability for blast furnace use. Only coal blends that yield coke with CRI <25% and CSR >64% are permitted for mass production, and other coal blends are either rejected or the blending ratios adjusted in an attempt to upgrade them. The experimental results reveal that, for a given coal blend, the quality of coke produced by the Salem Box Test is comparable with that produced by bulk production, indicating that the test is acceptable as a screening tool for regular use. The present paper describes the methodology and application of Salem Box Test to predict the suitability of coke for blast furnace use at JSW Steel Limited, Salem Works (JSWSL), and illustrates its advantages in adjusting the coal blending ratio to produce superior coke, in detecting coal contamination, and in preventing bulk production of inferior coke.
Keywords : coke-making; blast furnace; metallurgical coke; Salem Box Test; coke reactivity index (CRI); coke strength after reaction (CSR).