Microstructural analysis of sinter breakage

Sinha, Moni and Nistala, Harsha (2015) Microstructural analysis of sinter breakage. Journal of Metallurgy and Materials Science, 57(2) . pp. 75-82.

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that represent loss of useful sinter (>15%). There is scope to further improve upon the sinter strength and reduce the return fines generation. This can be achieved through better understanding of the sinter strength and reasons behind sinter breakage. In this work, steps involved in transportation were simulated using tumbler test and customized drop tests to assess their impact on sinter quality. The samples were then screened in different size fractions and samples containing freshly fractured surfaces were collected. Microstructural analysis was conducted on the fractured surfaces, for their relative phase distribution. Interestingly, it was observed that the finer fractions in all the cases depicted different mineralogy than rest of the size fractions. In all the cases it exhibited less ferrite, higher magnetite, higher silicate phase which means that these phases are more responsible for cold strength. Ferrite phase has net like structure and thus inhibits crack propagation. During the reduction of hematite, the growth of micro cracks starts, and as more of hematite is reduced the propagation of these cracks increases during tumbling. Thus magnetite is present in higher percentage in finer fractions.

Item Type:Article
Official URL/DOI:http://www.nmlindia.org/7403
Uncontrolled Keywords:Iron ore sinter disintegrates during transportation to form return fines (< 5 mm)
Divisions:Material Science and Technology
ID Code:7403
Deposited By:Sahu A K
Deposited On:26 Feb 2016 17:35
Last Modified:26 Feb 2016 17:35
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