In-flight melting behavior of granulated alkali-free raw material in induction thermal plasmas

Yaochun Yao, Takayuki Watanabe

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A new in-flight glass melting technology with induction thermal plasmas was developed to reduce the energy consumption and the emissions of greenhouse gases for glass production. The effects of carrier gas on the in-flight melting behavior of granulated alkali-free raw material were investigated by various modern analyses. Results show that the particles have smooth spherical surface and compact structure after heat treatment. As the carrier gas flow rate increases, the vitrification degree decreases and the average diameter increases. Higher vitrification results in more shrinkage of particle. The carbonates in raw material decompose completely during in-flight melting. The highest volatilization of B2O3 is attributed to more heat transferred from plasmas to particles at the lowest carrier gas flow rate.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1111-1119
Number of pages9
JournalPlasma Chemistry and Plasma Processing
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Sep 18 2013


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films

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