Overview of Near-net-shape Continuous Casting for Steel Sheet
Current status and technologies on the near-net-shape continuous casting for steel sheet are reviewed. Thin slab continuous casting and compact rolling process is economically acceptable and has become pretty popular for the last 10 years. High quality applications will be the key to further expansion of this process. The twin-roll strip continuous casting process for austenitic stainless steels has been commercialized recently. The key process parameters determining the casting regurality and the product quality have been assessed. However it will take some time to expand the strip casting process, because it remains to be seen if the technology is economically feasible.
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