Tata Steel to build furnace to make aerospace steels

  • 30-Oct-2013 03:25 EDT

Tata Steel announced plans to build a vacuum induction melting (VIM) furnace at its Stocksbridge site in South Yorkshire, U.K., to enable it to tap into new market opportunities and develop innovative new products for the aerospace and oil and gas industries. The VIM furnace will allow Tata Steel’s specialty steels business, which already supplies steel to aircraft engine and airframe makers, to further develop relationships with its customers and expand its product portfolio. The company’s specialty steels business will work with German metallurgical technology company SMS Mevac, a major supplier of vacuum steelmaking equipment, to build a VIM facility at Stocksbridge. The £15 million furnace is expected to be commissioned early in 2015. The VIM production route involves melting high-purity steel and alloys in a crucible furnace, and then casting the purified liquid steel into ingot molds, all within a low-pressure vacuum chamber. As the entire melting and casting operation is conducted in an oxygen-free atmosphere, the resulting steel is very clean and has very low gas content.

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