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The Pelletizing is a process of agglomeration of finely ground ore by the addition of binders such as bentonite and water to give form of spherical particles ( green pellets ) which are hardened by baking in rotary kilns .The fine ore is agglomerated into small balls with a degree of humidity and a second operation in the " pellet " raw ( " on green " ) are cured by baking in ovens .

Main brands :

  • LURGI 
  • DRAVO 



Process that occurs in the annular cooler then the pellets fall from the oven. A recuperative cooling and final one takes . The cooling ring has the function of transporting a layer of burnt pellets three cooling zones and is basically a grill that is ring shaped . The pellets fall into the furnace from the loading zone and the cooler are stacked into a hopper and then be leveled litter pellets forming a bed of constant thickness .
The product enters the cooling zone where a suction flow heat up , recovering from 80-90 % of the heat applied to the pellets. The hot air leaving the bed is the main heat exchange element used in the process of preheating and drying and is also used in the rotary kiln .

Funvesa identified and controlled working conditions that generate wear on the furnace components. This proposes increasing the lifetime of components by redesigning and improving alloys by applying the method IPSCODE detailed below:
  • Exposure to high temperatures
  • Continuous thermal shock
  • Thermal fatigue and / or granular aging
  • Abrasion air flow, induced draft dragging many particle suspension at high temperatures.
  • Presence of oxidizing atmosphere, sulfur gases and descarburizantes.


STEEL antipyretic HH

  • Maximum working temperature 1090 ° C (2000 ° F)
  • Tensile Strength: 75,000 PSI.
  • Yield point: 35,000 PSI.
  • Elongation (% Min): 10.
  • Good mechanical strength and oxidation at temperatures between 460 ° - 980 ° C (1400 ° - 1800 ° F).
  • High creep resistance.
  • In as-cast condition (as cast) has an austenitic matrix containing chain primary carbide eutectic (in grain boundaries) and particles of various carbides.


45% optimized in the standard historical performance life of 2,000 bars of the Line 1 PERU Shougang Hierro installed in different cars. The standard lifespan of 12 to 16 months of a lot of evaluation furnace pellets links CIA was exceeded. Minera del Pacifico, CMP Chile.



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