Reduction Kinetics of Hematite Powder Mechanically Milled with Graphite
Ichiro Seki, Kazuhiro Nagata
Reduction behavior of iron oxides mixed with graphite has been quantitatively investigated using a high temperature X-ray diffractometer. The mixture was mechanically milled using a vibration mill and heated under He gas flow from room temperature to 1550 K with the heating rate of 10 to 40 K/min. The diffraction pattern showed the sequential change of products by reduction from hematite to iron through magnetite and wustite. The temperature at which each reduced product sequentially appeared was decreased by several ten degrees with increasing mechanical milling time up to 160 min. The intensity change of diffraction profiles of constituents with temperature was in accordance with the chemical stoichiometry of reduction reactions. The reduction reactions were first order of reaction. The activation energy of reaction decreased and the frequency factor of reaction increased with increasing mechanical milling time. On the other hand, the mixture of milled graphite powder and non-milled hematite powder gave less effect to the activation energy and frequency factor than the milled mixture.
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