The effect of calcining conditions on the rehydration of dead burnt magnesium oxide using magnesium acetate as a hydrating agent
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Magnesium oxide was produced through calcination of magnesite ore. A rehydration percentage of MgO to Mg(OH)2 of higher than 60% is obtained using calcination temperatures of 1000°C and below. At these temperatures medium reactive MgO was formed. The extend to which dead burnt MgO (obtained after calcination at 1200°C and higher) may be rehydrated is dependent on the calcination time, but even after 1 h and using magnesium acetate as a hydrating agent only 40% of the initial product has rehydrated to Mg(OH)2. After 4 and more hours of calcinations at 1200°C, a maximum of approximately 14% of the initial MgO is rehydrated back to Mg(OH)2. Thermogravimetric analysis was performed on the various compounds to determine the amounts of Mg(OH)2 that formed.
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