Molten Steel Containers
Name: Tevin K.
Date: April 2002
What is the container that holds liquid steel made of?
I do 'oknow the exact answer to this question, but I can present some
relevant facts. The melting point of steel (Fe) is 2500 F. Obviously
the container must melt at a higher temperature. Various metals and
alloys satisfy this condition:
wrought iron - 2750 F
Chromium - 2939 F
Cobalt - 2696 F
Iridium - 4260 F
Vanadium - 3128 F
Tungsten - 6152 F
I suspect it is made of some alloy of steel containing chromium. It
could also be made of steel lined with carbon.
Best, Dick Plano
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