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Influence of rigid body motion on the attachment of metallic droplets to solid particles in liquid slags – A phase field study

Minerals & Metallurgical Processing , 2018, Vol. 35, No. 2, pp. 87-97

Bellemans, I.; Moelans, N.; Verbeken, K.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.19150/mmp.8290


Metallic droplets can remain attached to solid particles within liquid slags, resulting in production losses in several pyrometallurgical industries. This study shows the extension of a recently developed phase field model to include the movement of solid particles in the liquid slag in a system, considering the attachment of liquid metal droplets to solid particles in slags. The influence of this movement on the wetting of the metal droplets to the solid particles in the slag and on the resulting microstructures is investigated as a function of the velocity of the particles. For all wetting regimes, the apparent contact angle in the final microstructures was clearly larger than without particle movement. For the amount of metal attached to the particle, a clear trade-off was found between the speed of motion of the solid particle and the wetting regime.