If the steel melt is optimally adjusted due to the secondary metallurgy, it is transferred into the solid phase in a casting process. Here, a distinction is made between continuous casting methods such as continuous casting and ingot casting. Continuous casting is used to produce flat and long profiles. It is the industrially most commonly used process; about 95% of the produced crude steel is casted as a strand.
The work of the continuous casting group is concerned with the optimum choice of casting parameters and casting machines for already existing and newly developed steel grades. The research deals with the precipitation behavior of micro-alloyed steel grades, the hot ductility and strength, the optimization of the casting powder and the mechanical simulation of the continuous casting process. The aim is to form a realistic model and in particular the control and prediction of the entire as-cast structure.