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Impact of inorganic waste fines on structure of mullite microspheres by reaction sintering

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The impact of waste composition and morphology on the properties of the mullite microstructure were studied by reaction sintering two types of siliceous waste powders with calcined alum sludge. Stoichiometric mixtures of fly ash or rice husk ash with the alum sludge were shaped into mullite microspheres by droplet coagulation. The mullitization reaction was followed by HT-XRD with a distinct difference in onset temperature. The specific powder composition of fly ash (presence of primary mullite) shifted the onset temperature to higher values as compared to the rice husk ash mixture. After sintering at 1600 degrees C, the mullitization reaction resulted in the same yield for both samples. Although the mullite content in the microspheres was equal, distinct differences on the microstructure could be observed. Reaction sintering of the fly ash mixture resulted in lower total porosity with smaller pore sizes.
Tijdschrift: Journal of the European Ceramic Society
ISSN: 0955-2219
Volume: 38
Pagina's: 2612 - 2620
Jaar van publicatie:2018