Blast Furnace Applications
The andalusite-containing products have the letter "A" as part of the suffix. These brands also have an "A" rating in the Carbon Monoxide disintegration test. The Resco brand Rescal 90XD is mullite bonded 90% alumina brick. Because of this mineralogical make-up and extremely high purity, Rescal 90XD is best characterized by exceptional refractoriness and high-temperature strength. These properties translate to the good mechanical stability of the Rescal 90XD in blast furnace bottoms.
Alkali Resistance in Blast Furnaces
The manufacturing and formulation of Krial blast furnace brick are engineered to resist alkali attack (soda and potash). VIA high firing reduces porosity and makes the brick less permeable to help prevent alkali penetration. In addition, stable, alkali-resistant materials (mullite) are present after high firing to further resist rapid alkali wear. The chemical compatibility of mullite to alkali attack is well documented.
Creep & Thermal Shock Resistance in Blast Furnaces
Increased thermal shock, alkali attack, and high-temperature loading cause accelerated wear. In the blast furnace, such conditions require higher resistance than Krial 60. To meet these needs, the Krial family was expanded to include brick using andalusite to increase resistance to creep, spalling, and alkali attack. Andalusite is a naturally occurring high alumina raw material that converts to mullite crystals when heated. In-situ mullite formation is noted by volume growth; products containing andalusite have always been characterized by excellent resistance to subsidence under high-temperature loading. The andalusite mineral occurs naturally as a blocky character. In the brick, these blocks act as crack disruptors which improve spall resistance.
Products for Blast Furnaces
Refractories for blast furnaces are broken down into six target areas; Top, Upper, Middle, and Lower Interwall, Bosh, and Hearth. Recommended brick includes the Krial and Rescal product family. Rescocast LoErode, and Progun are the recommended monolithic/castable. Lastly, Metaldam is the ideal mortar for most areas.