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Preliminary Study on the Application of Concentrated Solar Power in Metallurgy of Titanium

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Institute of Materials & Machine Mechanics, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Dúbravská cesta 9, 84513 Bratislava, Slovakia
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PSA—Plataforma Solar de Almería, CIEMAT, Apartado 22, Ctra de Senes Km 4, 04200 Tabernas, Spain
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Mechanical Engineering Department, King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, Dhahran 31261, Saudi Arabia
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Institute of Production Technologies, Faculty of Materials Science and Technology, Slovak University of Technology, J. Bottu 25, 91724 Trnava, Slovakia
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IVMA STU, Pionierska 15, 83102 Bratislava, Slovakia
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ChemEngineering 2019, 3(4), 84; https://doi.org/10.3390/chemengineering3040084
Received: 27 June 2019 / Revised: 17 September 2019 / Accepted: 4 October 2019 / Published: 10 October 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Concentrated Solar Energy for Materials)
The applicability of concentrated solar power for metallurgy of titanium is discussed based on preliminary experimental works performed at Plataforma Solar de Almeria Spain, using solar furnace SF40 under protective argon atmosphere. As a starting material, titanium powder was used. The possibility of melting titanium compacts on yttria stabilized zirconia mat was investigated, and the effect of density and size of different green compacts was studied. It was observed that the time to achieve melting point is very short when concentrated solar power is used. The obtained results are expected to be similar for titanium sponge from which titanium powder is processed. After optimization of processing parameters, this will probably lead to a significant decrease of carbon footprint in the titanium ingots and castings production. View Full-Text
Keywords: concentrated solar power; titanium; solar metallurgy concentrated solar power; titanium; solar metallurgy
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Kováčik, J.; Mináriková, N.; Dvorák, T.; Rodríguez, J.; Cañadas, I.; Al-Athel, K.S.; Šugár, P.; Šugárová, J.; Emmer, Š. Preliminary Study on the Application of Concentrated Solar Power in Metallurgy of Titanium. ChemEngineering 2019, 3, 84.

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