#104 Basic-Oxygen Steel Making Vessel


Vessel that introduced the basic oxygen process to the United States

This is one of the three original 60-ton vessels by which the basic oxygen process (BOP) of steel making was introduced into this country from Austria, where it was invented. It heralded the first new technology in fifty years to become the basis of a major process for steel production throughout the world. In this process, a water-cooled lance injected a jet of high-purity oxygen into the bath of molten iron. Various chemical reactions produced a quality low-nitrogen steel at a ton-per-hour rate nearly three times that of the open hearth furnace.

Oxygen-Process Steel-Making Vessel McLouth Steel Products Corporation.

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Landmark Location

1656 W. Jefferson
Trenton, MI 48183

Visiting Info

Presently owned by:
Detroit Steel Company
1491 West Jefferson Ave.
Trenton, MI 48183-1240

General phone number 734-285-1200

Fax number 734-246-4076

Ceremony Notes

February 1979

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