Damping system from Siemens reduces vibrations of AOD converters


First Simetal Drive Damper installed at Taiyuan Iron & Steel
Vibrations reduced by more than 50 percent
Reduced wear and maintenance costs
Easy upgrade of existing plants possible

A new damping system from Siemens Metals Technologies was brought into operation in March at the Steel Making Plant North of the Chinese producer, Taiyuan Iron & Steel. The Simetal Drive Damper is installed on the tilting drive of the AOD converter. It reduces the vibrations caused by the blowing processes, and thus the mechanical loads acting on the entire system from the converter down to the foundations. The patented system reduces wear and maintenance costs while also extending lifetime of service parts. It can be installed in new plants as well as an upgrade on existing converters.