Special Issue "Mineralogy of Iron Ore Sinters"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (20 May 2019)
Iron ore sintering is an important stage in the production of steel from iron ore. Sinter can constitute more than 60% of ferrous burden in modern blast furnaces in Japan and most blast furnaces in Europe. Iron ore sintering is a high temperature process which converts iron ore fines (<6–8 mm in size, too small for direct feed into the blast furnace) into larger agglomerates containing bonding phases, unmelted nuclei and pores. The sinter must possess the chemical, physical, metallurgical and gas permeability characteristics required for efficient blast furnace operation and these are controlled in part by the sinter mineralogy. Although a mature field of research, the progressive decline in iron ore grades requires that innovative research into all aspects of the mineralogy of iron ore sinter, including its effect on the physical and mechanical properties, continues. For this Special Issue, we welcome contributions detailing fundamental physical chemical studies, experimental as well as theoretical, but also detailed characterization of the formation mechanisms of sinter mineral phases. We also solicit methodological studies employing cutting-edge analytics. The intention of this Special Issue is that it will contribute to a better understanding of how iron ore sinter mineralogy impacts sinter quality.
Dr. Mark I. Pownceby
Dr. Nathan A.S. Webster
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- Sinter mineralogy
- Crystal structures
- Phase equilibria
- Formation mechanisms