High-Temperature Mineral Phases Generated in Natural Clinkers by Spontaneous Combustion of Coal
AbstractThe aim of this study is to analyze natural clinkers (= calcined clays by coal combustion) from a lower Cretaceous coal outcrop in Ariño (Teruel, NE Spain) in order to describe mineral and textural transformations produced during the spontaneous combustion of coal. To achieve this aim, samples were analyzed using X-ray diffraction and optical and electron microscopy. Spontaneous combustion resulted in the melting of the surrounding clays, with the generation of an Al–Si-rich vitreous phase. Subsequently, high-temperature phases crystallized from this vitreous phase. These new minerals are interesting due to their similarity with those formed during ceramic processes, used in the manufacture of stoneware and ceramic tiles, as well as in refractory ceramics, and with natural events such as metamorphic and igneous processes. The studied natural clinkers are composed of vitreous phase mullite, hematite, hercynite, cristobalite, quartz, pyroxenes, cordierite, gypsum, pyrite, and calcium oxides. A trend from hematite to hercynite composition indicates compositional variations at sample scale, which evidence d-spacing differences in hercynite and may be related to the Al and Fe content in hercynite depending on its texture. The mullite shows higher Si/Al ratio (1.21) than the theoretical composition (0.35), indicating that this mullite is more Si-rich. Three pyroxene-type compositions (diopside-type, ferrosilite-type, and a Ca–Al-rich pyroxene) were found. Both the mullite and the pyroxenes are nonstoichiometric. View Full-Text
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Laita, E.; Bauluz, B.; Yuste, A. High-Temperature Mineral Phases Generated in Natural Clinkers by Spontaneous Combustion of Coal. Minerals 2019, 9, 213.
Laita E, Bauluz B, Yuste A. High-Temperature Mineral Phases Generated in Natural Clinkers by Spontaneous Combustion of Coal. Minerals. 2019; 9(4):213.Chicago/Turabian Style
Laita, Elisa; Bauluz, Blanca; Yuste, Alfonso. 2019. "High-Temperature Mineral Phases Generated in Natural Clinkers by Spontaneous Combustion of Coal." Minerals 9, no. 4: 213.
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