Bessemer process


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Bessemer process

n.
A method for making steel by blasting compressed air through molten iron to burn out excess carbon and impurities.

[After Sir Henry Bessemer.]

Bessemer process

n
1. (Metallurgy) (formerly) a process for producing steel by blowing air through molten pig iron at about 1250°C in a Bessemer converter: silicon, manganese, and phosphorus impurities are removed and the carbon content is controlled
2. (Metallurgy) a similar process for removing sulphur and iron from copper matte
[C19: named after Sir Henry Bessemer (1813–98), English engineer]

Bes′semer proc`ess


n.
a process of producing steel in which impurities are removed by forcing air through molten iron in a refractory-lined metal container (Bes′semer convert`er).

Bes·se·mer process

(bĕs′ə-mər)
A method for making steel by forcing compressed air through molten iron to burn out carbon and other impurities.
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Noun1.Bessemer process - an industrial process for making steel using a Bessemer converter to blast air through molten iron and thus burning the excess carbon and impuritiesBessemer process - an industrial process for making steel using a Bessemer converter to blast air through molten iron and thus burning the excess carbon and impurities; the first successful method of making steel in quantity at low cost
industrial process - a systematic series of mechanical or chemical operations that produce or manufacture something
steel production - making steel from pig iron
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In the Bessemer process, a blow cannot be interrupted to take tests on the state of the steel.
Ludwig was the son of Karl Wittgenstein, who, having made his fortune by improving the Bessemer process of making steel, is said to have been the richest man in the Europe of his day.
The Irish never truly passed through the fire of the blast furnace or the Bessemer Process.