Optimization of burden distribution with the help of RCU installed in Blast Furnace #3 at Bhilai Steel Plant, was a new experience which turned out to be a success. The results that have been achieved in better gas utilization and reduction of coke rate, are very encouraging, as thanks to RCU, productivity of the furnace has been increased and coke rate decreased by more than 4%.

A comparison of the furnace parameters the prior to the modernization and after it, proves that the performance of the furnace has improved in general. Besides, the equipment is very reliable which enables to get rid of many headaches created by other systems in maintenance and repair.

For Bhilai Steel Plant

(Steel Authority of India Limited)

S.B. Singh

General Manager (Iron)



Blast furnaces, equipped with Rotary Charging Units:

Bhilai Steel Plant, BF-3, 1033 m3, RCU, India

Jindal South West Steel Limited, BF-2, 1681m3, BRCU, India

Jindal Steel & Power Limited, BF-2, 1681m3, BRCU, India