Abstract

In order to solve the problem of overpressure release of oxygen supply network caused by the contradiction between continuous oxygen production by air separation unit (ASU) and intermitting oxygen consumption in converter steelmaking, a pressure balance strategy for pre-adjusting liquid-vapor ratio of ASU was proposed. Used Aspen Plus software, a full-compression model of an ASU in an iron and steel enterprise was established. Before stopping oxygen consumption in the converter steelmaking, method of pre-adjusting liquid-vapor ratio from the low-pressure distillation column to reduce the oxygen production of the air separation unit was calculated. This strategy consists of two steps. First step is pre-adjusting liquid-vapor ratio from the low-pressure distillation column to reduce the oxygen production of ASU, before stopping oxygen consumption in the converter steelmaking. The second step is the reduction of the supply oxygen production pipe network pressure, when stopping oxygen consumption in the converter steelmaking. The pre-adjusting oxygen production and the starting time are the key of the strategy. The energy consumption analysis of the strategy is carried out. The results show that the strategy reduces the pressure of the oxygen supply pipe network by 1.3% and reduces the large amount of oxygen release, while increase of the energy consumption of ASU is neglected.

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