Characterization of kiln feed limestone by dynamic heating rate thermogravimetry
2016 (English)In: International Journal of Mineral Processing, ISSN 0301-7516, E-ISSN 1879-3525, Vol. 147, 31-42 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Quicklime is a product rich in calcium oxide produced in industrial kilns. The process involves thermal decomposition of minerals with high content of calcium carbonate. The kiln feed properties vary with the geological formation from where the mineral is quarried or mined. Characterization of feed properties is necessary to achieve an optimized kiln production. In this work the decomposition of four different types of calcite ore was investigated by comparing conventional constant heating rate and dynamic heating rate thermogravimetric methods. The conclusion of this work is that the conventional method always "overshoots" the calcination temperature when continuously heating during calcination compared to the dynamic rate method that resembles the kiln by holding temperatures constant during the calcination event. This justifies the used of the dynamic rate method. By a correct experimental parameter setup the dynamic rate method can be adapted for individual kilns and feed fractions, giving new additional value to the kiln operator and increasing the high value use of limestone deposits. This new method to characterize calcination properties of kiln feed materials can be utilized in normal kiln operations and when developing new mixes of different quality limestone. The results show differences when comparing the methods and different materials even though CaCO3 is present only as calcite. In addition, the dynamic rate method is faster than the conventional method. Besides quicklime production the method can also be applied in other industries calcining limestone, such as cement clinker production.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. Vol. 147, 31-42 p.
Limestone, lime kiln feed, dynamic rate thermogravimetry, thermal decomposition
Chemical Process Engineering
Research subject Inorganic Chemistry
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-112834DOI: 10.1016/j.minpro.2016.01.001ISI: 000370107800005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-112834DiVA: diva2:882901
Originally included in thesis in manuscript form.2015-12-162015-12-162016-04-08Bibliographically approved