Semi-finished solid metal form
produced in a non-continuous casting process
by pouring liquid
metal into large molds. A steel
ingot is usually rectangular in cross-section, weighs between 25 to 30 tons, and is rolled into blooms and billets (for making bars, rods, and sections) and slabs (for making plates, sheets, and strips). In a continuous casting
process, the common practice
is to directly cast the metal into blooms or billets.