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High Temperature Materials and Processes

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Volume 30, Issue 1-2


Thermodynamic Modeling of Zinc Speciation in Electric Arc Furnace Dust

Chris A. Pickles
Published Online: 2011-04-19 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/htmp.2011.001


The remelting of automobile scrap, containing galvanized steel, in an electric arc furnace (EAF) results in the generation of a dust, which contains considerable amounts of zinc and other metals. Typically, the amount of zinc is of significant commercial value, but the recovery of this metal can be hindered by the varied speciation of zinc. The majority of the zinc exists as zincite (ZnO) and zinc ferrite (ZnFe2O4) or ferritic spinels ((ZnxMnyFe1–x–y)Fe2O4), but other zinccontaining species such as zinc chloride, zinc hydroxide chlorides, hydrated zinc sulphates and zinc silicates have also been identified. There is a scarcity of research literature on the thermodynamic aspects of the formation of these zinc-containing species, in particular, the minor zinc-containing species. Therefore, in this study, the equilibrium module of HSC Chemistry® 6.1 was utilized to calculate the types and the amounts of the zinc-containing species. The variables studied were: the gas composition, the temperature and the dust composition. At high temperatures, zincite forms via the reaction of zinc vapour with oxygen gas and the zinc-manganese ferrites form as a result of the reaction of iron-manganese particles with zinc vapour and oxygen. At intermediate temperatures, zinc sulphates are produced through the reaction of zinc oxide and sulphur dioxide gas. As room temperature is approached, zinc chlorides and fluorides form by the reaction of zinc oxide with hydrogen chloride and hydrogen fluoride gases, respectively. Zinc silicate likely forms via the high temperature reaction of zinc vapour and oxygen with silica. In the presence of excess water and as room temperature is approached, the zinc sulphates, chlorides and fluorides can become hydrated.

Keywords.: Automobile scrap; electric arc furnace; dust; zinc; zinc ferrite

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Corresponding author: Chris A. Pickles, Robert M. Buchan Department of Mining, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, K7L-3N6, Canada

Received: 2010-06-29

Accepted: 2010-07-20

Published Online: 2011-04-19

Published in Print: 2011-04-01

Citation Information: High Temperature Materials and Processes, Volume 30, Issue 1-2, Pages 3–15, ISSN (Online) 2191-0324, ISSN (Print) 0334-6455, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/htmp.2011.001.

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