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[fer-oh-kroh-mee-uh m] /ˌfɛr oʊˈkroʊ mi əm/
a ferroalloy containing up to 70 percent chromium.
Also, ferrochrome
[fer-uh-krohm] /ˈfɛr əˌkroʊm/ (Show IPA)
1875-80; ferro- + chromium Unabridged
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Examples from the web for ferrochromium
  • ferrochromium-ferrochromium production is electrical energy intensive.
  • Most chromite ore is smelted in an electric arc furnace to produce ferrochromium for use by the metallurgical industry.
  • Stainless steel manufacture is the major end use of ferrochromium.
  • The ferrochromium industry developed in close proximity to the stainless steel industry.
  • ferrochromium alloy is used in the production of high quality stainless steel.
  • Most chromite ore was smelted in electric arc furnaces to produce ferrochromium for use by the metallurgical industry.
  • Chromite ore is smelted to make ferrochromium, a chromium-iron alloy that results from the removal of oxygen from chromite.
  • Mortality and incidence of tumours tumours among ferrochromium workers among ferrochromium workers.
  • Declines were projected for ferrochromium, ferrosilicon, and pig iron.
British Dictionary definitions for ferrochromium


an alloy of iron and chromium (60–72 per cent), used in the production of very hard steel
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Encyclopedia Article for ferrochromium

alloy of chromium with 30 to 50 percent iron, used to incorporate chromium into steel. It is produced in an electric furnace using chromium ore, iron or iron ore, and carbon, usually anthracite coal. In the intense heat the carbon reduces the metal oxides to the molten alloy, which is poured out into slabs

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