: This photograph depicts washers at a blast furnace. Washers were used to clean the flue gas of the furnace after it exited, in order to remove particulate matter and other harmful pollutants.
Blast furnaces are used to smelt iron ore with coke to produce pig iron. This is the first step of steel production that occurs at mills. Air is forced into the bottom of the furnace, supporting the combustion, and giving the furnace its "blast" name.
This photograph belongs to the Youngstown Sheet and Tube Audiovisual Archives, so its subject is likely located at a Youngstown company plant. View on Ohio Memory.
: AC2_YHCIL_MSS0140_B02F21_007 Subjects
: Youngstown Sheet and Tube Company; Steel industry; Blast furnaces; Environment Places
: Youngstown Sheet & Tube Audiovisual Archives