Vedere la Scienza Festival

International Scientific TV, Film and AV Media Festival

Milano   30/3/2009 - 5/4/2009

Spazio Oberdan, viale Vittorio Veneto 2 - Milano


Chemistry of Smelting

  1. Original Title: Reacciones QuĂ­micas en un Alto Horno
  2. Author: Ana Luisa Montes De Oca, Alberto Nulman, Tim Linsday
  3. Director: Ana Luisa Montes De Oca, Alberto Nulman
  4. Scientific Advisor: Dr. Alberto Perez
  5. Editor: Alberto Nulman
  6. Photography: Ana Luisa Montes De Oca Vega
  7. Music: Public Property
  8. Sound: Gabriel Perez
  9. Production: Ad Astra Producciones per il Museo del Acero Horno3
  10. Mexico
  11. 7 min.
  12. 2007

When confronted with such a title, most people will expect a detailed explanation of the chemical reactions that take place during smelting. They are quite right, in fact. But the explanation is given inside an arena where fierce wrestling matches are fought.
The chemical reactions are accurately represented by real Mexican wrestlers who play different elements. The referee has the task to comment what happens on the ring. Consequently, he has a chance to explain to viewers what takes place inside a smelting furnace.
The action starts with the following question: is it possible to isolate pure iron from iron ore to produce high-quality steel? The referee explains that iron ore is the most abundant mineral we can find in the Earth’s core, but it is normally never alone. In most cases it is found as an oxidized mineral. This is the case with hematitis, which consists of three oxigen atoms and two iron atoms.
So, let the fight begin! Impurities will be thrown out of the ring and iron will be finally free of undesired compounds.
Short and funny, but extremely accurate in its scientific content, this video was specially designed as a tool for the dissemination of science among young audiences by the Steel Museum opened at Monterrey, Mexico, in 2007.