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Refractory materials and slags 7.5 credits

Infodringsmaterial och slagger
First cycle, Q0034B
Course syllabus valid: Spring 2019 Sp 4 - Autumn 2018 Sp 2
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Education level
First cycle
Grade scale
G U 3 4 5
Process Metallurgy
Subject group (SCB)
Chemical Engineering

Entry requirements

In order to meet the general entry requirements for first cycle studies you must have successfully completed upper secondary education and documented skills in English language + Mathematics 1a/1b/1c (specifik entry A7). Or: Mathematics A (specifik entry 7)

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on final school grades or Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test.

Course Aim
The goal is to give the students basic knowledge in different refractory materials used within the metal industry and the production and design of advanced refractory materials, used for different applications.The properties of these materials are discussed in combination with how these properties will change during the process.The course will present the structure of the slag, the composition and properties and how different slag will influence the corrosion resistance of the lining. The course consists of lectures, practices and project work. The student will:

*Know and describe different ceramic materials
*Get basic knowledge in technically important refractories
*Understand the basics in the production processes for refractories
* Get an understanding how these properties are created and how they depend on the crystal structure, microstructure, working and design
* Describe important applications of refractory materials
* Get knowledge of the properties of the slag and functions in different metal production processes
* Be able to analyze refractory/slag compatibility in relation to different metallurgical processes

• Definition and systematic of basic refractory materials

• Raw materials: Mineral aspects and mineral treatments. Properties and characterization of ceramic materials. Crystal structures for different ceramic material.
Thermomechanical , thermo physical and, thermo chemical properties, processing methods and fireproof materials

• Strategy for specific application areas ( including installation, methods and maintenance)
Technical-economic questions.
Natural and synthetic raw material, quality and influence of the properties at the products and slitage.

• Castable and pumpbara eldfasta , plastic, rammar mixer, slitage mechanism and manufacturing

• Slags, compostions and properties

• Slag and refractory compatible
Criterias for the choice of refractory material in relation  to different slag compositions
The possibilities of energy efficience

The education consists of lectures combined with practices, laboratory experiments, project work and study visits. The lectures and the practices will give the students the possibilities to describe the refractories and the slag from practical and theoretical angles and practice calculation procedures in related problems. Laboratory experiments and industrial related project works are carried out in groups. The study visits join the theory from the lectures, laboratory works, and project works with practical application in the industry.

Approved result at the laboration and project work including written and oral presentation  
At the laboration and project work the certificate not approved or approved are given.
Written examination with the grades U,3, 4 and 5 are given.
A student not approved at 5 examinations has no right to participate in further tests.

Compulsory presence at the first lecture, laboration, studievisit and project introduction and projectreporting

Caisa Samuelsson

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2013 Sp 1 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
1. Richerson W.David: Modern Ceramic Engineering , Third edition, Marcel Dekker Inc., New York, ISBN 0-8247-8634-3
2. Banerjee Subrata: Monolitic refractories, World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd, 1998, ISBN 9810231202
3. Carniglia C. Stephen, Barna L. Gordon: Handbook of industrial refractories technology, Noyes Publications, 1992. ISBN: 0-8155-1304-6.
4. D 830 Eldfasta material. Utbildningspaket Framställt inom Jernkontorets teknikområde 23. Eldfasta material 2010. 290 s.
5. Bennet P. James and Smith D. Jeffrey; Fundamentals of refractory technology. The American Ceramic Society. 2001. ISBN: 1-57498-133-1.

Course offered by
Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleCrStatusFrom periodTitle
0001Written examG U 3 4 54.00MandatoryA13
0002Laboratory reportU G#1.50MandatoryA13
0003Project workU G#2.00MandatoryA13

Syllabus established
by Eva Gunneriusson 06 Feb 2013

Last revised
by Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies Eva Gunneriusson, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering 11 Jan 2019