Impact of Hydrogenous Gas Injection on the Blast Furnace Process: A Numerical Investigation

Florent Mauret, Mehdi Baniasadi, Henrik Saxén, Andreas Feiterna, Stephan Hojda

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Abstract

Intensifying hydrogen use in the blast furnace is a key technology for significant coke and CO2 emissions reductions. The most straightforward approach is the implementation of high hydrogenous gas injection rates in the BF tuyeres. Yet this solution has not been widely implemented due to a lack of understanding of the impact on the furnace’s internal state. In this paper, a newly developed BF mathematical model is presented and validated on operation data. The model is next applied to investigate the effect of hydrogenous gas injection on the overall performance and internal state of the furnace. The current state of an industrial BF is used as a starting point, increasing the injection of coke oven gas, natural gas or pure H2 to the maximum where the limits for a safe and stable process are still obeyed. All three gases were found capable of significantly decreasing the coke rate, but only coke oven gas and pure H2 allowed for a significant reduction of the CO2 emissions. It was found that the indirect reduction of H2 is intensified by hydrogen enrichment partially at the expense of indirect reduction by CO. Furthermore, the water gas shift reaction is intensified at increased hydrogenous gas injection, affecting the CO and H2 utilization of the top gas. The study gives an insight into the feasibility of BF processes with high hydrogenous gases injection into the tuyeres and the resulting coke savings.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2137–2158
Number of pages22
JournalMetallurgical and Materials Transactions B: Process Metallurgy and Materials Processing Science
Volume54
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 26 May 2023
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Keywords

  • CO2 emission reduction
  • blast furnace
  • hydrogen in steelmaking
  • process modeling

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