Effect of temperature, basicity, fíring cycle and oxygen potential on mineral phases in iron ore briquettes
Keywords:Agglomeration, Mineral phases, Oxygen potential, Iron ore, Sintering
In the present work, the effect of the firing conditions such as temperature, basicity, firing cycle and oxygen potential, on the formation of mineral phases in magnetitic iron ore briquettes was studied. It was found that a high oxygen potential (air) favors the oxidation reaction of magnetite to hematite and as a consequence calcium ferrite formation. The calcium ferrite increased with the increase of the basicity and decreased with the increase of the temperature. At a medium partial pressure of oxygen (ρO2 = 5 x 10-3 atm.), the agglomerate was composed in the majority of magnetite with small amounts of reoxidized hematite and negligible amounts of calcium ferrite. It could be noticed that magnetite increased and hematite decreased with increase of basicity. The mineral phases present in the briquettes fired at the gas mixture composed by 1 % CO, 24 % CO2 and 75 % N2 and then cooled in air, include magnetite and highly oxidized phases such as hematite and calcium ferrite.
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