In situ observation of the role of alumina particles on the crystallization behavior of slags

C. Orrling, S. Sridhar, A. W. Cramb

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Abstract

The confocal laser scanning microscope (CLSM) allows crystallization behavior in liquid slags to be observed in situ at high temperatures. Slags in the lime-silica-alumina-magnesia system are easily under cooled and it is possible to construct time temperature transformation (TTT) diagrams for this system. The presence of solid alumina particles in these liquid slags was studied to determine if these particles act as heterogeneous nucleation sites that cause the precipitation of solid material within slags. The introduction of alumina particles reduced the incubation time for the onset of crystallization and increased the temperature at which crystallization was observed in the slags to close to the liquidus temperature for the slag. Crystal growth rates are in a good agreement with Ivantsov's solution of the problem of diffusion controlled dendritic growth. Alumina appears to be a potent nucleating agent in the slag systems that were studied.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)877-885
Number of pages9
JournalISIJ International
Volume40
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry

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