Ceramics International vol:35 issue:6 pages:2203-2212
In order to identify the influence of MnO on the wear rate of MgO-C bricks for the production of high Mn stainless steel, MgO-C refractory samples were exposed to slags containing different MnO levels (up to 26 wt.%). Although the investigations of the worn brick microstructures revealed the presence of numerous Mn-rich metal particles and the formation of a (Mg,Mn)O solid solution at the slag/refractory inter-face, no clear evidence of wear rate enhancement was observed due to high MnO concentration in the slags. With respect to refractory wear, the MgO content in the slag is the dominant factor. The degradation processes are discussed by combining experimental results and thermodynamic calculations. (C) 2009 Elsevier Ltd and Techna Group S.r.l. All rights reserved.