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Casting Strand Guide

Exploring strand guides in slab casting technology

Classroom training

This one-day course provides an insight into the process-technological aspects of the continuous casting of flat products (slabs), from the commencement of solidification in the mold through to total solidification. 

Course description

The technological process—as well as the relevant process parameters and characteristics related to their interaction, influences, and effects—are explained.

Particular attention is paid to the influence of the process parameters on the molds and strand guide segments, from the vertical segment to the bow and straightener segments through to the horizontal segments and the associated automation. The critical aspects of strand mechanics and the role of elastoplasticity and material creep in high temperature ranges will be discussed. Basic information regarding steel chemistry, steel metallurgy, fluid dynamics, and thermodynamics are explained insofar as these are useful, applicable, and required for a better understanding of the technological core processes.

Target group

Maintenance engineers, process operators, foremen, casting maintenance workshop staff, as well as casting maintenance and servicing personnel

Course outline

  • Principles of solidification and strand mechanics
  • Core technological factors and process variables
  • Engineering, machinery, and strand guidance
  • Mold technology
  • Bending and straightening
  • Casting metallurgy basics
  • Solidification, fluid dynamics, and heat transfer
  • Start and finish of continuous casting
  • Handling, maintenance, and operational aspects


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