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Investigation of Wetting Characteristics of Liquid Iron on Dense MgAlON-based Ceramics by X-Ray Sessile Drop Technique
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Materials Science and Engineering.
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Materials Science and Engineering.
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Materials Science and Engineering.
2006 (English)In: Metallurgical and materials transactions. B, process metallurgy and materials processing science, ISSN 1073-5615, E-ISSN 1543-1916, Vol. 37, no 3, 421-429 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The wetting characteristics of liquid iron on dense MoAlON-based composite ceramics were investigated using X-ray sessile drop technique. The contact angles were measured on substrates of different composites as functions of temperature and varying partial pressures of oxygen. The results with pure argon gas showed that contact angles kept almost constant in the temperature range 1823 to 1873 K. The contact angle was found to show a slight increase with increasing boron nitride (BN) content in MgAlON-BN composites. These are attributed to the higher contact angle between BN substrate and liquid iron drop compared with that obtained for MgAlON substrate. When the CO-CO2-Ar gas mixtures were introduced into the system, the contact angle showed an initial quick decrease followed by a slow decrease and then a period of nearly constant contact angle at a given temperature corresponding to the steady-state condition. Even in this case, BN seemed to cause an increase in the equilibrium contact angle. The equilibrium contact angle was found to decrease with increasing temperature. XRD results indicated that the substrate was oxidized and the oxidation products combined with FeO formed by the oxidation of the iron drop to form FeAl2O4 and Mg1-xFexO. These were likely to form a ternary FeO-Al2O3-MgO slag or a quaternary slag by combining with B2O3. An interesting observation is that the iron drop moved away from the original site, probably due to the Marangoni effect.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2006. Vol. 37, no 3, 421-429 p.
Keyword [en]
spinel, wettability, resistance, surfaces, al2o3, mgo
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Metallurgy and Metallic Materials
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-5480DOI: 10.1007/s11663-006-0027-6ISI: 000237948700011Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-33845676556OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-5480DiVA: diva2:9860
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Uppdaterad från "In press" till published: 20100929. QC 20100929Available from: 2006-03-15 Created: 2006-03-15 Last updated: 2017-11-21Bibliographically approved
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1. Synthesis and Characterization of MgA1ON-BN refractories
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Synthesis and Characterization of MgA1ON-BN refractories
2006 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other scientific)
Abstract [en]

In order to meet the need of metallurgical industry in the world, a new MgAlON-BN composite which can be used for example in special refractory nozzles, tubes and break rings for the continuous casting of steel was studied in the present thesis. The aim was to understand the mechanism of synthesis and their physicochemical properties during the application. Thus, the thermodynamic properties, synthesis process, mechanical properties, thermal shock behaviour, thermal diffusivity/conductivity as well as corrosion resistance to molten iron containing oxygen and molten slag of MgAlON and MgAlON-BN composites have been investigated.

The Gibbs energy of formation of MgAlON was estimated using the method proposed by Kaufman. The phase stability diagram of Mg-Al-O-N-B was investigated, and consequently the synthesis parameters were determined. MgAlON and MgAlON-BN composites were fabricated by hot-pressing method. The composites obtained this way were characterized by XRD, SEM, TEM and HREM analyses. A Matrix-flushing method was employed in the quantitative XRD analysis for the multi-component samples to understand the mechanism of synthesis.

The relationship between mechanical properties and microstructure of the composites was investigated. The experimental results indicated that BN addition has significant influence on the mechanical properties of the composites. These can be explained by the fact that BN has low Young’s modulus, density and non-reactive nature as well as considerable anisotropy of many properties such as thermal expansion, thermal diffusivity/conductivity. Thus, the addition of BN in MgAlON is likely to lead to the presence of microcracks caused by the mismatch of thermal expansion coefficient. The microcracks result in the enhancement of the strength at elevated temperature and thermal shock durability of the composites.

Effective thermal conductivities were evaluated from the present experimental results of thermal diffusivities, heat capacity and density. A model suitable for present composites has been derived based on Luo’s model. The predicted lines calculated by the model were in good agreement with experimental results.

The reactions between the composites and molten iron as well as the slag were investigated by ‘‘finger’’ experiments and sessile drop experiments. Both experimental results indicated that the BN addition has positive influence on the corrosion resistance. These are attributed to the excellent corrosion resistance of BN to molten iron and slag, such as the higher contact angle between BN substrate and liquid iron and molten slag compared with that obtained for pure MgAlON.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH, 2006. xii, 43 p.
Keyword
MgAlON-BN composites, Mechanical properties, Thermal shock durability, Thermal diffusivity/conductivity, Corrosion resistance.
National Category
Metallurgy and Metallic Materials
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-3883 (URN)91-7178-271-0 (ISBN)
Public defence
2006-03-31, Salongen, KTHB, Osquars backe 31, Stockholm, 10:00
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QC 20100929Available from: 2006-03-15 Created: 2006-03-15 Last updated: 2010-09-29Bibliographically approved

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