Metallurgic industry has sought for more efficient casting processes. Fuel oil and gas-fired rotary furnaces rise as an interesting alternative for cast irons production. It must be emphasized that during the fusion process in rotary furnaces, a higher burning of alloying elements occur, demanding the use of a suitable carbonizing technique in order to attend the chemical composition specifications. The present work aimed in the application and study of different carbonizing techniques during the production of gray and ductile cast irons using fuel oil and gas-fired rotary furnaces. Two carburant types with different particle sizes were added in different stages of fusion process. Results show that carbonizing efficiency is strongly affected by the state of the metallic charge. The best results were obtained by the calcined petroleum coke with a particle size of 1-3 mm, added to the pasty metal loading.
rotary furnaces; cast irons; carbonizing