Limestone Dissolution in Converter Slag at 1873 K (1600 °C)
Decomposition and dissolution of limestone in slag at 1873 K (1600 °C) were studied. The limestone samples were in the shape of cubes (11 mm × 11 mm × 11 mm approximately). The decomposition was carried out both in argon and in slag under argon atmosphere. In order to gain an insight into the phenomenon of slow decomposition, the decomposition process of CaCO3 was simulated using Comsol. The results showed evidently that the decomposition of calcium carbonate was controlled mostly by heat transfer. It was also found that the decomposition product CaO had very dense structure, whether the sample was decomposed in slag or in argon. The slow decomposition and the dense CaO layer would greatly hinder the dissolution of lime in the slag. The present results clearly indicate that the addition of limestone instead of lime would not be beneficial in the converter process.
KeywordsLime Calcium Carbonate Converter Slag Dicalcium Silicate Equilibrium Partial Pressure
The authors are thankful to Dr. Thierry Chopin for his valuable suggestions and stimulating discussions. Financial support and lime samples from Lhoist are gratefully acknowledged.
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