The Innovation Process of the First Curved Mold Caster in China

  • L. F. Lei
  • Y. B. FangEmail author
  • W. Qian
Conference paper
Part of the History of Mechanism and Machine Science book series (HMMS, volume 37)


In the middle of the 20th century, the emergence of continuous casting technology, especially represented by curved mold caster, triggered a revolution in the steel industry. Xu Baosheng, the designer and manufacturer of the first experimental unit of curved mold caster and the first curved mold combination caster for wide slabs and blooms in the world, was honored as one of the thirteen pioneers for the development of continuous casting in the world. This paper explores the development of the design and test process for his curved mold caster, aspects of his critical innovation on designing the mode vibration mechanism, and spread of the curved mold caster technology in China.


Continuous casting Curved mold caster Xu Baosheng 



This paper owes much to the information provided by senior engineer Xu Liping, who is the son of Xu Baosheng. In particular, I am grateful for the help and support of Prof. Han Rubin, Prof. Zhang Jiaquan, and Dr. Lu Zhen. I would like to thank the director of the Archives of Chongqing Iron and Steel Group, Wen Yaoyong (Mr.), for giving me the convenient.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Science and Technology Beijing (USTB)BeijingPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Institute for the History of Natural Sciences (IHNS), Chinese Academy of SciencesBeijingPeople’s Republic of China

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