, Volume 11, Issue 1, pp 233–239 | Cite as

The Effect of K-feldspar and Silica as Fluxing Agent on the Production Process of Phosphorus Furnace

  • Jupei Xia
  • Ruixian Geng
  • Zhengjie ChenEmail author
Original Article


Reducing energy and sustainable using of natural mineral resources offer challenges in energy production and environment. In this study, an efficient methodology is proposed for using K-feldspar as fluxing agent instead of silica in phosphorus furnace. Thermodynamic analysis of the process indicated the decomposition temperature of phosphate could be reduced by as much as 103 C using K-feldspar. A series of experiments were conducted at the same acidity of 0.8. At the same potassium gasification rate of 96%, the high temperature melting results showed operating temperature of the silica system was 1300 C while K-feldspar system operated at 1200 C When phosphorus conversion rate was close, the residual flow temperature of the K-feldspar system was 180 C lower than the silica. This was due to the residual quantity and different fluxing agents. The viscosity results indicated the spread out areas were similar at 1253 C for K-feldspar while at 1432 C for silica. This illustrated operating temperature was reduced about 180 C and potash fertilizer was produced using K-feldspar in phosphorus furnace. The significance of this result will mean improved energy and cost savings for this process.


Fluxing agent Phosphorus furnace Thermodynamic analysis High temperature melting process Potash fertilizer K-feldspar 


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The authors are grateful for financial support from the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 21566018).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Chemical EngineeringKunming University of Science and TechnologyKunmingChina
  2. 2.Faculty of Metallurgical and Energy EngineeringKunming University of Science and TechnologyKunmingChina

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