Calculation of FeO-TiO2-Ti2O3; liquidus isotherms pertaining to high titania slags

Fourie D.J. ; Eksteen J.J. ; Zietsman J.H. (2005)


During the production of pure TiO2 for the pigment industry, ilmenite, containing 35-60% TiO2, is reduced to high titania slag, containing 70-95% 'TiO2' and pig iron. The high titania slag produced, consists mainly of titanium in different oxidation states and FeO in equilibrium with liquid iron. To predict the phase and chemical reaction equilibria in a furnace, a suitable solution model is required with accurately determined binary interaction parameters, as slag melts tend to behave very non-ideally. This paper investigates two popular slag models, namely, modified quasi-Chemical (MQC) model and the cell model and provides the binary interaction parameters based on recently published data of the ternary system and critically assessed published unary and binary data. Very few modelling results have been published on the ternary Ti-Fe-O system pertaining to high titanium slags. The solution models, with their regressed interaction parameters, can subsequently be implemented in commercial software of the slag-metal phase equilibria to predict how much and which type of solids will precipitate for a given bulk slag chemistry and operating temperature or, alternatively, above which temperature should a furnace be operated to avoid excessive solids precipitation. © The South African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, 2005.

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