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RE: Recycling of Grinding Swarf -Reply

Some steel swarf is recycled in Plasma Arc furnaces for low grade steel
production like rebar.  It depends on the distance to the nearest furnace,
how much fluid is entrained,  and how much they want to mess with it.

Steve Hillenbrand
Tennessee Valley Authority
400 West Summit Hill Drive
Knoxville, TN 37902
(423) 632-8489
(432) 632-3616 (Fax)
Internet address: sjhillenbrand@tva.gov
HomePage:  www.tva.gov/orgs/iwr

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> From: 	James Janssen[SMTP:EPA8616@epa.state.il.us]
> Reply To: 	James Janssen
> Sent: 	Thursday, October 28, 1999 11:43 AM
> To: 	p2tech@great-lakes.net
> Subject: 	Recycling of Grinding Swarf -Reply
> The State of Illinois EPA is working with a firm (Solvent Systems) that is
> currently developing a method to recycle swarf (metal fines from metal
> grinding and cutting operations). Solvent Systems became interested in
> finding a way to recycle swarf after becoming acquainted with an IEPA
> summer intern who was working with us in researching your very
> question.  I know of no current legitimate recycling of this waste stream
> outside of the precious metal swarfs such as brass and aluminum, etc.
> The goal is to "bind" the swarf such that it melts rather than combust
> when re-introduced to the smelter furnaces.  Solvent Systems  has
> received some research from the DOE Argonne National Lab to develop
> a binder and mixing process to form  swarf briquets. Solvent Systems
> has some sample briquets which have been given a value which
> appears to make the process economically viable.   Argonne is very
> interested in moving this research forward within its system and is in the
> process of seeking additional funding from DOE.  Illinois and Wisconsin
> industry have recognized the potential for this technology development
> and have committed some cash and in kind research assistance. The
> binding process is a cold process.
> The research has been expanded to include foundry sand  and fly ash. 
> This is also exciting.  It is estimated that over 80 million T of fly ash
> is
> created annually.  Foundry sand is estimated at 8-10 million T. Same
> binder material is used for these as the swarf.  The sample molds of fly
> ash, sand, and binder look like granite!
> Point of contact at Solvents Systems is Steve Rundell - 847/234-7500 
>                                                                 ext. 18
> I can be contacted at epa8616@epa.state.il.us
>                                    708/338-7863
> Hopes this helps.
> Jim Janssen - State of Illinois EPA Office of Pollution Prevention