Tata Steel


Tata Steel


Induction Furnace Water Cooling

The Client

Tata Steel in Europe was formerly known as Corus and before that British Steel and was rebranded as Tata Steel in 2010.

Tata Steel in India was established in 1907 and the first ingot of steel was made at Jamshedpur in India in 1912. In 1999 Corus was formed through the merger of British Steel and Koninklijke Hoogovens. Corus was acquired by Tata group in April 2007 and joined the Tata Steel family in a transaction which created one of the world’s largest steelmakers with a major presence in Europe as well as Asia.

The Project

The project entailed the client moving a large induction furnace from one side of a steel tube production shed (the size of many football pitches) to the other in a planned and phased procedure. The furnace then required its own dedicated water cooling facility in its new location which necessitated the use of a stand-alone, dry air blast water cooler.

Watermiser were approached by the client and was asked to work as an external partner to help develop and implement the necessary water cooling circuit, associated equipment and services so as to deliver a purpose built water cooling system.

The scope included the selection, sizing, design, supply and installation of a dry air blast water cooler, run and standby pump skid, flow and return pipework and associated fittings. The project also involved the bringing together and working with other disciplines including the client’s electrical and civil contractors.

The Product

We designed, supplied and installed an ABC-V-2400 dry air blast water cooler which incorporated six, direct drive axial fans each complete with its own local fan isolator.

The cooler is of the v-shape design and draws ambient cool air through each of the two coils via the fans located on the top of the unit. Each coil is manufactured from copper tubes with aluminium fins for extended heat transfer performance. The cooling air takes the heat from the process water flowing through each coil and transfers it to the leaving airstream which exits the cooler via the fans at high velocity. The cooled water is then returned to the furnace via the run and standby pump set.

The Result

The dry air blast water cooler is now successfully installed and operational, supporting the steel tube production facility.

Both client and Watermiser are happy with the result

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