The Effect of Raw Mixture Properties on Bed Permeability During Sintering

Kasai Eiki, F. Gannon John

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Raw mixes of iron ore sinter feed were prepared under a variety of conditions. The permeability of mixes before ignition and during sintering was examined using a conventional permeameter and a small instrumented sinter pot, respectively. The sinter pot consisted of a gas preheater and a sample bed 29mm high so that pressure drop of high temperature zones could be measured precisely and easily.As expected, the pre-ignition permeability of the mixes was related to the mean size of the granules which in turn was related to the amount of water used for granulating. The order of permeability of mixes having different moisture contents did not change during or after sintering. Late-addition of coke during granulation resulted in a higher pre-ignition permeability. During sintering, however, the permeability deteriorated considerably.Use of lager particles of coke or limestone resulted in improved permeability before and during sintering. The basicityand coke content of mixes had little effect on the permeability of a bed during and after sintering under the conditionof constant total amount of flux (Si02+Ca0).It was concluded that the permeability of the produced sinter cake depended predominantly on the pre-ignition permeability, for mixes of the same ore type and the same total amount of flux. This suggests that some aspect of the structure of a bed of granulated sinter feed is preserved during sintering.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-42
Number of pages10
JournalIsij International
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1989


  • Agglomeration
  • Granulation
  • High temperature zone
  • Iron ore
  • Late coke addition
  • Mixing
  • Permeability
  • Sintering

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry


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