What do you feel when looking at giant constructions? We’ll see some of them today.
A blast furnace is the most impressive construction met on the former Soviet territory. Flamboyancy, beauty and strength of these giant monsters can be compared only with one of a Gothic cathedral.
A blast furnace without any additional elements like tubes. They are equal even in size. This post is devoted to furnaces which are mere Gothic cathedrals of the 20th century.
This tube is 35 meters long. Tubes are mainly used for iron smelting or final dressing of extremely rich ore.
Method of their work is quite simple and is as follows: charge material is thrown up and hot gas is supplied from beneath.
The inside of a blast furnace. It has to work continuously. It takes several months to make such a furnace work. In case it’s stopped a solid mass that is impossible to remove is formed inside.
Furnaces made in the 18th and 17th centuries are well-preserved in Europe. The oldest Russian furnace built in 1840 is the only construction in the world which is in a good condition till now.
It is surrounded by a complex system of pipes filled with hot gas.
Today a museum is located here.
Hundreds of similar furnaces built in 1890-1940 are distributed over Russia and Ukraine.
Workshops of the 18th century.
Blast furnaces and workshops located near Tula look even more impressive than all the ones previously shown. But this place is not a museum.
Enakievo Iron and Steel Works is the dirtiest plant of Ukraine.
The Dneprodzershinsk Metallurgical Plant.
Here blast furnaces are located everywhere.
This railway station located next to the plant.
An expensive hotel in Donetsk against the background of blast furnaces.
The most impressive industrial area in Zaporozhye.
Frightening panoramic view in Hortiza. Local blast furnaces look like giant monsters ready for an attack.
The largest number of furnaces is situated in Mariupol.
They remind of Martian three-leg stands or galactic castles. What are your associations with the furnaces?
In Mariupol furnaces are located close to the sea.
The second metallurgic plant of Mariupol.
Blast furnaces in Nizhny Tagil in the rays of the rising sun.