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Carbothermic Reduction of Synthetic Chromite with/without the Addition of Iron Powder
Process Metallurgy Department, Swerea MEFOS.
Division of Materials Process Science, KTH-Royal Institute of Technology.
State Key Laboratory of Advanced Metallurgy, University of Science and Technology .
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Minerals and Metallurgical Engineering.
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2016 (English)In: ISIJ International, ISSN 0915-1559, E-ISSN 1347-5460, Vol. 56, no 12, 2147-2155 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Carbothermic reduction of chromite is an important industrial process for extracting chromium from the chromite. To have a better understanding of the effect of iron on the carbothermic reduction of chromite, the reduction of synthetic chromite (FeCr2O4) by graphite with/without the addition of iron powder was investigated in this paper by Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA) in argon atmosphere. The fractional reduced samples were examined by SEM/EDS and XRD analysis, and the reduction process was thermodynamically and kinetically evaluated. The experimental results show that the iron powder addition enhances the reduction of FeCr2O4 and this effect increases when increased amounts of iron powder are added. This phenomenon is attributed to the in situ dissolution of chromium into the iron and mixed carbide (Cr,Fe)7C3, which can decrease the activity of the nascent chromium formed by the reduction of the FeCr2O4. The experimental results indicate that the reduction of FeCr2O4 with up to 80 wt.% iron powder addition is likely to be a single-step process and the kinetic analysis suggests that the reduction reaction is likely to be either (a) chemical reaction at the surface of FeCr2O4 or (b) diffusional dissolution of the product (FeCr2) into the iron/alloy particles or the mixed control of (a) and (b). 

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2016. Vol. 56, no 12, 2147-2155 p.
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Metallurgy and Metallic Materials
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Process Metallurgy
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-60121DOI: 10.2355/isijinternational.ISIJINT-2016-337ScopusID: 2-s2.0-85007240939OAI: diva2:1044336

Validerad; 2017; Nivå 2; 2017-01-13 (andbra)

Available from: 2016-11-03 Created: 2016-11-03 Last updated: 2017-01-13Bibliographically approved

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