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Alumina Ceramic Foam Filter Material

Alumina Ceramic Foam Filter Material

For those familiar with the refractory materials used to contain molten aluminum and its alloys, the use of alumina particles in ceramic foam filter material seems to be an obvious choice.

Alumina is relatively chemically inert in molten aluminum and its common alloys including magnesium alloys. It is also widely used as a particulate material in refractories for melting and holding molten aluminum alloys in furnaces. In addition, before the development of a disposable ceramic foam filter, a plate-shaped alumina bed filter was used to filter molten aluminum.

The bed filter is a large heating vessel containing unbonded flaky alumina particles, which can be used for repeated casting for days or even weeks. As in bed filters and refractories, prolonged exposure of molten metal to unbound aggregate requires the use of chemically inert particulate materials, such as alumina.

However, alumina has a high linear thermal expansion coefficient (8.0×10-6/°C), and due to the high thermal stress generated by the combination, the overall shape of alumina such as ceramic foam filters has poor thermal shock resistance. Thermal gradient changes caused by uneven heating and high thermal expansion coefficient. During the preheating and initial molten metal contact, the ceramic foam filter material may thermally rupture or peel off, and cause the filter material to be released into the ingot or billet as inclusions. In addition, when the foamed alumina filter is confined in the filter bowl during preheating and use, high lateral compression stress may be generated due to the high thermal expansion rate of the filter, resulting in compression failure of the filter.

Aluminum orthophosphate (Al(H2PO4)3) is widely used as a refractory binder in the metal industry. It has good green strength when dried at a relatively low temperature, low green shrinkage, and also has good strength during the subsequent firing process. Aluminum orthophosphate is relatively cheap, widely available and requires a relatively low firing temperature (1100°C) to obtain the final aluminum phosphate (AlPO4) bond. For these reasons, and due to the relatively low cost of aluminum orthophosphate, this material is widely used to make ceramic foam filters for molten aluminum filtration. However, in many commercially available aluminum alloys, the resulting aluminum phosphate bond easily reacts with magnesium.

Alumina Ceramic Foam Filter for Refining

AdTech provides alumina ceramic foam filter for aluminum melt. The filter has high thermal shock resistance, high corrosion resistance, sufficient strength, economical production, environmental friendliness and low density than the prior art. The production slurry of ceramic foam filters contains alumina, silica, calcium compound, boron compound and others. The open-cell foam is impregnated with the slurry to volatilize and sinter the carrier.

Alumina Ceramic Foam filter Material Advantages

  • High thermal shock resistance-during preheating or molten metal contact, the material must not crack or peel off. When the ceramic foam material is installed in the filter bowl, it should have a low thermal expansion rate to minimize lateral compression stress.
  • Corrosion resistance: The alumina ceramic foam filter material should not react significantly in the expected application range (time, temperature, alloy content), and must maintain the wettability of molten aluminum and its common alloys.
  • Sufficient bending and compressive strength.
  • Production economy.
  • Low density and light weight, easy to operate.

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