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To remove oxygen from its chemical combination.
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In turn, the hot carbon monoxide deoxidizes and melts the iron ore to produce liquid pig iron.
Metal calcium, added into slag in remelting, not just deoxidizes molten slag, but, when evaporating (due to high pressure of its vapor) reduces oxidation potential of the gas phase and enables improved transportation of nitrogen from gas into the metal [30, 31].
Usually, in the oxygen-deficient zone containing CaO and CO, CaO is a good catalyzer for CO to deoxidize NO to [N.