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Minerals 2018, 8(9), 389;

Induration Process of MgO Flux Pellet

School of Metallurgy, Northeastern University, Shenyang 110819, China
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Received: 16 July 2018 / Revised: 12 August 2018 / Accepted: 4 September 2018 / Published: 5 September 2018
(This article belongs to the Section Mineral Processing and Metallurgy)
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The induration process of oxidized pellet, containing the oxidation of magnetite phase (Fe3O4) and the sintering of oxidized magnetite phase (hematite–Fe2O3), is significant to obtain sufficient pellet strength. The current study focuses on the induration mechanisms of MgO flux pellet in terms of the oxidation process of Fe3O4 and densification process of the pellet. It is found that MgO dosage negatively affects the oxidation of Fe3O4 into Fe2O3. The number of recrystallized grain of Fe2O3 in the MgO flux pellet is less than that in the Non-MgO flux pellet. Additionally, an unreacted core model was applied to consider and clarify the oxidation of Fe3O4. According to the verification experiments, the experimental data and calculated results fit well. Therefore, the unreacted core model can describe the oxidation of Fe3O4 in the pellet induration process. Moreover, based on the development of pore parameters during the pellet induration process, a new index, the so-called oxide densification index (ODI) was defined to profoundly specify the densification degree of the pellet. The results show that the ODI of the MgO flux pellet maintains at a lower level compared with that of the Non-MgO flux pellet. It illustrates that MgO can substantially restrain the pellet densification process. View Full-Text
Keywords: pellet; MgO; induration; unreacted core model; oxide densification index (ODI) pellet; MgO; induration; unreacted core model; oxide densification index (ODI)

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Gao, Q.; Jiang, X.; Zheng, H.; Shen, F. Induration Process of MgO Flux Pellet. Minerals 2018, 8, 389.

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