What is Argon Oxygen Decarburization (AOD)?
Argon Oxygen Decarburization (AOD) is an ingot-refining process for ferrous metals such as stainless steel that improves alloy performance through tight chemistry control and high levels of metal purity. This process produces steel with low carbon (0.025% or less) and low silicon and sulfur levels, resulting in better weldability (reducing weld electrode use by over 50%), corrosion resistance, malleability, and heat resistance. Customers can significantly improve alloy performance by requesting AOD in their specifications.
MetalTek has AOD capability at multiple facilities and the ability to pour over 450 alloys, including many proprietary grades. We control costs by capturing and reusing machine chips and can recycle raw materials with guaranteed high purity.
MetalTek uses tight alloy control and AOD at multiple facilities to provide high-integrity ingot in dozens of ferrous grades to foundries throughout the world. MetalTek’s Sandusky International Division has AOD ingot capacities up to 20,000 lbs. (9,072 kg) per heat and is a key supplier of chemically-certified ingot and toll melting services. MetalTek can melt and refine customer supplied metal to meet strict specifications, or simply melt and return metal with a known chemistry and low carbon.