Advertisement

JOM

, Volume 71, Issue 7, pp 2430–2434 | Cite as

Benchmark for Tap-Hole Lifecycle Management Practices in Silicomanganese Production When Submerged Arc Furnace Technology of Circular Design is Applied

  • Joalet Dalene SteenkampEmail author
  • Derek Alan Hayman
  • Pieter Johannes Andries Bezuidenhout
Technical Article

Abstract

A holistic conceptualisation of the variables forming part of tap-hole lifecycle management and performance was defined previously for coke bed-based processes in which submerged arc furnace technology of circular design was applied. In the work presented here, the variables were applied to silicomanganese production comparing the tap-hole lifecycle management practices and performance among five furnaces on one site. The quantified independent variables were divided into four functions associated with the tap-hole lifecycle (operations, reline, maintenance, and repair), and a selection of the results is reported here. Having the benchmark available will contribute to comparative studies in future.

Notes

Acknowledgements

This work is published with the permission of MINTEK and Transalloys.

References

  1. 1.
    J.D. Steenkamp, J.J. Sutherland, D.A. Hayman, and J. Muller, JOM 68, 1547 (2016).CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. 2.
    I. Nolet and J.S. Afr, Inst. Min. Metall. 116, 223 (2014).Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    J.D. Steenkamp, P. Maphutha, O. Makwarela, W.K. Banda, I. Thobadi, M. Sitefane, J. Gous, J.J. Sutherland, and J.S. Afr, Inst. Min. Metall. 118, 309 (2018).CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  4. 4.
    J.D. Steenkamp, W.G. Bam, E. Ringdalen, M. Mushwana, S.A.C. Hockaday, N.A. Sithole, and J.S. Afr, Inst. Min. Metall. 118, 645 (2018).Google Scholar
  5. 5.
    J.D. Steenkamp, W.G. Bam, and S.P. Tsebe, JOM 70, 2422 (2018).CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  6. 6.
    L.R. Nelson, R. Hundermark, and J.S. Afr, Inst. Min. Metall. 116, 465 (2016).Google Scholar
  7. 7.
    A. Stevenson, eds., Oxford Dictionary of English, 3rd ed. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010).Google Scholar

Copyright information

© The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society 2019

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.MINTEKRandburgSouth Africa
  2. 2.University of the WitwatersrandJohannesburgSouth Africa

Personalised recommendations