Effect of talc and bauxite on sintering, microstructure, and refractory properties of Egyptian dolomitic magnesite
Author: Othman, A. G. M.
Source: British Ceramic Transactions, Volume 102, Number 6, December 2003 , pp. 265-271(7)
Publisher: Maney Publishing
Abstract:Refractories produced from mixes of Egyptian dolomitic magnesite with talc and low cost Chinese bauxite have been assessed as potential substitutes for the high temperature basic refractory bricks currently used in steelmaking and other industries. Fifteen batches of different compositions were prepared by firing for 2 h up to 1580° C. Six samples were selected for further investigation on the basis of their phase composition and densification parameters. The mineralogical composition and microstructure, pore size distribution, and mechanical and refractory properties of these samples were investigated. All six samples consisted mainly of MgO and MA spinel refractory phases, plus some calcium silicates and aluminoferrite phases. The latter phases contribute to densification during firing by promoting liquid phase formation. Most samples showed high refractoriness under load, good spalling resistance, better mechanical properties than current refractories, and compact microstructure. It is concluded that these new refractories are good candidate materials for the production of shaped linings for industrial kilns and furnaces.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2003-12-01