Raj Sahu
198 posts
TimePosted 05/10/2009 12:43:41
Raj Sahu says

Slag

Why we get "Gain on ignition" in industrial byproduct metallurgical slag such as copper,lead zinc, LD and GGBFS , instead of "Loss on ignition"?

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Ted Krapkat
536 posts
TimePosted 06/10/2009 05:32:00

Re: Slag

Raj,

The reason is that these materials contain significant amounts of Ferrous iron (Fe+2). During heating in air Fe+2 reacts with oxygen and is oxidised to Fe+3. e.g.

4FeO + O2 --> 2Fe2O3 

The increase in weight (gain on ignition) is equal to the amount of O2 absorbed by the material during ignition minus the actual loss on ignition, if any.

Hope this helps,

Ted

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Raj Sahu
198 posts
TimePosted 06/10/2009 10:11:05
Raj Sahu says

Re: Slag

Thanks for your quick response.Is oxidation of sulfur also contribute on gain on ignition?

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Ted Krapkat
536 posts
TimePosted 07/10/2009 02:20:48

Re: Slag

Hi Raj,

Possibly, if the right conditions exist, for example if the sample is high in metal sulphides and the atmosphere of the furnace is well oxygenated, sulphates may be produced.

However most sulphides also oxidise easily (with the loss of SO2), and in my experience it is more likely that a small portion is lost during the heating process, adding to the LOI.

Best Regards,

Ted.

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