Metallurgical waste valorization for fabricating glass-ceramics materials

Erika Iveth Cedillo-Gonzalez1,2,3, Juan Jacobo Ruiz-Valdes2,3, Anabel Alvarez-Mendez2,3, Cristina Siligardi1, Isabella Lancellotti1

1 Dipartimento di Ingegneria Enzo Ferrari , Universit degli Studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Via Vivarrelli 10, Modena 41125, Italia
2 Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, Facultad de Ciencias Quimicas, Av. Universidad s/n, Ciudad Universitaria, San Nicolas de los Garza 66455, N.L., Mexico
3 Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, Facultad de Ciencias Quimicas, Av. Universidad s/n, Ciudad Universitaria, San Nicolas de los Garza 66455, N.L., Mexico

Abstract


The valorization of a metallurgical waste (i.e., an iron-rich slag) as raw material for the fabrication of high hardness glass-ceramics using differential thermal analysis, X-ray diffraction, X-ray fluorescence and scanning electron microscopy was investigated. The melting of the slag was aided by the addition of waste glass cullet (WGC) and the vitrification field of this system was investigated. The non-isothermal crystallization kinetics of the parent glass with the highest slag content was studied by DTA and crystallization of the parent glasses led to of pyroxenic crystalline phases, suggesting the application of the obtained glass-ceramics as building materials. Environmental benefits such as the reduction in the consumption of virgin raw materials and the elimination or reduction of CO2 and SO2 emissions due to absence of carbonates and sulphates in the batch composition make it an interesting alternative for the application of this technology.

Keywords


CO2 emission reduction; construction materials; glass-ceramics; metallurgical slag

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