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US1811696A
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Patented June 23, 1931 UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE PAUL DYER MERICA, OF WESTFIELD, N JERSEY, AND AUGUSTUS ERNEST KA'YES, OF HUNTINGTON, WEST VIRGINIA, ASSIGNORS, BY MESNE ASSIGNMENTS, TO THE INTERNATIONAL NICKEL COMPANY, INC., 01? NEW YORK, N. Y; A CORPORATION OF DELAWARE crimson-FREE METAL No Drawing.

This invention relates to carbon-free metals 'and a method of producing the same, and

is particularly adapted for the production of nickel and nickel alloys. I

Heretofore, it has been the practice lll making nickel and nickel alloys, such as Monel metal, to melt the metal and either oxidize or carburize to adjust the carbon content of the metal'bath to between 0.05% and 0.3%,deoxidize by the addition of manganese and sometimes silicon either in the furnace or in the ladle, and finish with a magnesium treatment consisting of adding approximately 1% ounces of magnesium per 100 pounds of metal. The metal Was then cast into ingots or sand castings.

' Metal produced according to this treatment contained as impurities, small amounts of carbon. silicon and manganese as Well as iron and copper, which are not introduced during the refining proper. These impurlties, and particularly the carbon, affect the hardness and workability of the metal to some extent. Difficulty is encountered also occasionally on account of gasinclusions in the ingots, leading to scams or blisters in the roller metal. These gas inclusions may .be of two types, either an oxidized'gas, such as carbon monoxide, or a reduced gas, such as hydrogen. or a hydrocarbon.

It has been very difficult to conslstently re;

just prior to deoxidation so that no appre ciable quantities of reduced gases, such as hydrocarbons or hydrogen, can be present.'

We will describe our invention with particular reference tothe production of nickel and Monel metal, although it will be under- Application filed May is, 1927. Serial No. 192,782.

.REISSUED stood that the invention isnotlimited to nickel-containing metals. 1

According to our method, the nickel-containing metal is melted and by flapping, (addition of nickel oxide), or other desirable method, the carbon is oxidized completely and the carbon monoxide is boiled out of the metal. The nickel oxide which is present in the melt at this stage is then reduced by the addition -of a deoxidizer which does not form gaseous oxides, such as silicon in some commercial form. Manganese is added if necessary or desired; and the usual magnesium treatment may follow; after which the metal is cast into ingots or sand castings. This process of oXidationfo-llowed by nongaseous reduction may be carried out in any of the usual types of furnaceopen hearth, acid or basic, converter or electric furnace.

Inasmuch as the carbon is completely removed and its oxidation products are driven from the metal, there is no possibility of carbon monoxide gas inclusions. Inasmuch'as the bath Was in a highly'oxidized state just prior-to the deoxidizing stage, no appreciable quantities of reduced gases, such as hydrogen or hydrocarbons, can be present 'inv the metal. A deoxidizer isthen used which does not introduce either oxidized or reduced gases into the metal. For example, silicon, aluminum, calcium, manganese or magnesium, may be used. Consequently, the resultant metal and ingot are free from gas inclusions.

As the deoxidizer or part of it should pass into the slag, we prefer to add it or them .in the furnace or partly in the furnace and partly in the ladle. For example, silicon may be added to the metal in the furnace from ten to fifteen minutes before tapping, so that in this period it will complete its reaction with the oxides in the bath, the silicaformed rising andenteringthe slag. During this time, a small amount of silicon will also oxidize in the bath. In the same way, part of the silicon may be added in the furnace,

as just described, and. the remainder added in the ladle. If silicon is used, satisfactory results may be obtained by using silicon within a range, for example, from 0.10% .to

nesium addition. Manganese need not be,

added where the metal is carbon-free; and this is of advantage in some products, for example, where high purity is desired, as in nickel anodes for plating. The process may be applied to all copper-nickel alloys which dissolve small amounts of carbon, together with copper-nickel base alloys containing other and substantial alloying additions, such as iron, manganese, aluminum, silicon, 'etc. The process is in fact applicable to any metal or alloy which normally carries a small amount of carbon when melted in contact with carbonaceous refractories or an atmosphere containing carbon, and is, of course, readily carried out on any such alloy as. long asthere is no other element in the alloy which oxidizes more readily than carbon; In case there is present an element more readily oxidizable than carbon, it must be burned out and oxidized, together with the carbon, and subsequently added, if desired. The process is thus, adapted for the production of other metals which take up carbon,

such as steel and some of the bronzes.

The product obtained by our process is sound, tough and malleable, gas-free and carbon-free.

Whether-in the form of castings or forg- I ings or rolled or wrought metal, it is well adapted for nickel-plating anodes, for the production of solid nickel shot, and for general purposes in all cast and wrought forms where malleability, both hot and cold, and soundness are required. We are aware that it has been proposed to produce nickel anodes for electrolysis by partial deoxidation by means of a metallic deoxidizer, such as aluminum. The product, however, has-not been gas-free, nor has it been tough and malleable.

The advantages of a carbon-free metal for weldin are apparent, particularly for metal electrodes forarc welding, because the possibility of gas formation in the welded material is precluded by the absence of carbon.

we have found that the carbon-free product is softer than the carbon-bearing product and is therefore more adaptable for cold rolling and cold fabrication.

The process is well adapted for the refining of scrap metal since the metal is completely oxidized tothe point where all gases and most metalloid impurities have been eliminated followed by deoxidation. Thus, from scrap material of doubtful quality, we can produce a fine, soi't, malleable product.

The process is also adaptable for the production of carbon-bearing metals, since after the process proper, a gas-free carburizing agent may be added just before tapping. In this way, a harder and stronger material may be obtained.

l/Vhile we have described the preferred embodiment of our process, it will be understood that the invention is not so limited, but may be otherwise embodied within the scope of the following claims We claim 1. The process of producing nickel-containing castings, which comprises melting the metal, subjecting it to a treatment which com-.

pletely oxidizes any carbon present,boiling out the resultant gaseous oxides, and thereafter adding silicon and magnesium and sub stantially completely deoxidizing the nickel.

2. The process of producing nickel-containing castings, which comprises meltingthe metal, subjecting-it to an oxidizing treatment other than Bessemerizing, removing the resulting gaseous oxides, and thereafter completely deoxidiz-ing the nickel by means of a deoxidizing agent which does not form gaseous oxides.

In testimony whereof we have hereuntoset our hands. 1

PAUL DYER: MERICA. AUGUSTUS ERNEST KAYES.

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US2568013A (en) * 1948-03-27 1951-09-18 Int Nickel Co Cast graphitic nickel alloy and method of making same
US2568014A (en) * 1948-03-27 1951-09-18 Int Nickel Co Graphitic nickel tin alloy and method of making same

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US2568014A (en) * 1948-03-27 1951-09-18 Int Nickel Co Graphitic nickel tin alloy and method of making same

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