Russian steel producer Tulachermet has awarded an order for a new Top Charging Unit for the Blast Furnace No. 3 at their integrated steel plant in Tula to Danieli Corus. The furnace will be upgraded to chute-based charging as part of a modernization project, preparing it for a next campaign at increased productivity and efficiency.
The DANCU distributor will for the heart of the new burdening system. This type of distributor was developed based on hydraulics with the objective of reducing maintenance time and complexity. Redundancy and the use of "failure-free" components have led to a marked increase in availability. The reduction in the number of moving parts makes this charging unit the most robust design available. It is the only design with a proven capability of charging hot sinter with temperatures up to 700 °C.
The upgraded Blast Furnace No. 3 is scheduled to be put back in operation in 2022 with a design productivity of 6000 tonnes of hot metal per day.