We are, in theory at least (playing with spreadsheets, that sort of thing), working on a process to make iron from a particular ore.
The ore has a very high (15% or so) alumina content as well as a very high titanium content.
No, we do not want to simply switch to another ore which would be the sensible thing to do. The point is to use this ore, even if it\’s not economic as compared to using other, better ores.
We do understand that this high Al2O3 content means we cannot use a blast furnace. Probably also we cannot use a rotary or DRI furnace either: the Al2O3 will entirely screw up the refractory materials the first time the furnace is charged.
So, I\’ve been directed to something called \”pot\” or \”ladle\” methods of iron making. The thing is, I\’ve no idea what these actually are. Anyone have any idea?
I assume they\’re rather archaic methods, possible high in energy consumption: but I would like to track down what they actually are really.