Monday, October 20, 2008

My World Tuesday

This is the Amanda Blast Furnace of AK Steel in Ashland KY. As an engineer doing consulting design I work in a lot of various industries. We have installed equipment on the downstream rolling mill section where the final steel sheets come out. This blast furnace runs 24 hours a day seven days a week to produce the molten steel that is then carried over to the casting mill where large slabs are produced.This looks like a dirty old piece of equipment, which it is. It was last updated in the early 60's. But if you show up at the plant early in the morning before the sun is up and get to see the 50 foot tall blue flame blasting out of the top it is a sight to see.
If you have anything made of steel this is how it started out.
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16 comments:

Rose said...

I wouldn't mind taking a tour of this place...but don't think I would want to work there.

piedmontperspective said...

My favorite kinds of pictures can't be found in a visitor's guide. Yours is one of them - cool photo!

Louise said...

Very interesting! I like this post.

Lawstude said...

Thanks for the wonderful trip around your place. So very much different from my place but I do wanna share my place also to you. Great job.

Arija said...

So kind of you to let us see where you do what you do and why.
Lokk forward to more.

babooshka said...

That really is a proper my part of the world shot.

AphotoAday said...

Very cool, and reassuring to know that we still make steel in this country...

kjpweb said...

One commenter said it right - these places you don't usually get to see - but they are as important as any to characterize a region!
Cheers, Klaus

Mike said...

Thanks for all of the comments. I wasn't sure how this would be recieved. Being an engineer I certainly get to see a different side of things than Mary gets pictures of.

Brit' Gal Sarah said...

Interesting post, nice to see things from a different perspective

fishing guy said...

Mike: What a really neat look at the blast furnace. I'm also a Mechanical Engineer and worked in steel mill design early in my career. I worked at Younstown Sheet & Tube also so am very familiar with these places.

VaQueenBee said...

I've driven by this plant many times on my way to Ohio. Very interesting shot! Thanks for sharing!

Lilli & Nevada said...

Great post and i found that information interesting, like to know how things are done.

Lilli & Nevada said...

Glad that you liked our area next time you must stop in here and either stay at our small little motel or stop in and say hello. does your wife quilt? You can delete this if you want.

rob ijbema said...

i believe it can be a sight to be seen...i like nature a lot,but painting a furnace like this would be so atmospheric.

Mike said...

Rob, it's hard for me to describe the 50 foot blue flame at night and the flames and sparks coming out of the lower opening where they pour the steel out at the end of a batch.