Transformers: Types and Uses in Steel Plant Industry

Published: 07th October 2010
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Steel industry has its complete reliance to have more and more of efficient energy sources. Today, when the energy sources are depleting gradually, need to have more of energy saving devices implemented in the steel industry has recorded hike in the demand.

The major energy consuming processes followed in steel making includes cogeneration, coke making, sintering, boilers, EAF steel making, iron making, rolling, reheating, casting and finishing. Due to the introduction of new and innovative production methodology, these industries are recording their need to have more of the customized transformers to install in their production units. These companies are more into choosing expensive yet efficient transformers. Even though their initial cost is high, still in the long run these transformers help to increase the savings. One can now find all types of customized transformers that are set to use in steel industry with the reputed manufacturers.

The basic job of a transformer is to adjust the voltage with the help of mutual electromagnetic induction. The electrical current is made to run through the primary coil/circuit, which is again used to create a magnetic field. The changes arising in the current result leads to alterations in the magnetic field. Following this, the transformers alter the voltage of secondary circuit or coil. Transformers work as energy converters that set the power from higher to lower voltage and vice versa.

Their major function of changes made in primary coil automatically set the voltage of current set in the secondary coil, which is either stepped-up or stepped-down. Counting on the types of uses, the modern transformers have a number of uses:

Majors as defined above are of stepping up or stepping down the voltage distribution so as to save excess of consumption made by the electrical sources. A transformer works as a bridge for transporting energy to the consumers, making the power transmission possible over long distances say from power plant to the ultimate consumers. If the transformers are missed out of the scene, the methods of using alternating current for power distribution are set impossible. The transformers are also implemented in the travel converters.

These transformers help to save the excess energy flow or wastage of energy when the two processes namely Basic Oxygen Furnace as well as the Electric Arc Furnace is carried on in the rolling mill plant.

As the energy cost used in the steel industry is increasing day by day, the need to use energy efficient devices has come over as a pressure from government, so as to cut down the greenhouse gas emissions. Thus, used plant & machinery has now taken up the ways to explore means for reducing the energy consumption.

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