ABC of graphite electrodes (1)

In this series, we are going to cover the ABC of electrodes for the steel professional who has to deal with the topic of graphite electrodes on a regular basis. I’d like to talk about the following topics in particular:

  1. what are graphite electrodes made of?
  2. how are graphite electrodes produced (process view)?
  3. which are the most important producers worldwide?
  4. what types of graphite electrodes & electrode accessories are there?
  5. what are the most important metrics?
  6. anti dumping duties and other legal aspects

We are going to address the most common questions, but I would encourage you, the reader, to actively ask questions. I don’t want to exclude any possible topic right away. There is always room for new input, which can enrich the discussion on this blog. Before we start, let’s briefly define the term of electrode – or graphite electrode – for our purposes.

What is an electrode?

In general, electrodes provide or measure electric current. Since this blog is all about graphite uses in the steel industry, we of course focus on graphite electrodes used in electric arc furnaces and/or ladle furnaces. However, someone looking for a more comprehensive view, may be referred to the following wikipedia article. 

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