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 Post subject: where Quality begins... the acme steel coke plant
PostPosted: Thu Nov 09, 2006 1:32 am 
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the coke made here was used in the nearby acme steel mill…

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where Quality begins…

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overview of the facility

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rotary car dump-we’ll follow the flow of bituminous coal from here through the plant. coal was brought into the plant by rail-the rotary car dump was used to empty the rail cars...

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from there coal travelled by conveyor belt thru various buildings where the coal was sorted and stored...

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up…

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to a storage bin above the ovens

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the ovens, tall thin chambers where the bituminous coal was heated in an environment that released the volatile organic compounds (VOC) found in the coal but didn’t allow the carbon to burn…

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finished coke was pushed out of the ovens from the opposite side and into a hopper that ran along tracks thru here…

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the hoppers were pushed through the cooling tower just ahead where the red-hot coke was cooled…

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the gases that came off during the coking process were saved and used for other things. they were moved about the plant thru a complex set of pipes. here we see some of the pipes and equipment used to process the gases.

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this plant is the last nearly complete industrial complex that was part of chicago's immense steel industry. currently its owners are attempting to preserve it as a museum.

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