2007 Volume 47 Issue 6 Pages 831-839
The development of production and utilization technology for highly reactive coke is significant in order to improve blast furnace reaction efficiency. In this report, the post-reaction strength of catalyst-added highly reactive coke was investigated. The reaction between coke and CO2 was stopped at a weight loss of 20% and the reaction temperature was adjusted so that the reaction lasted for a constant period. In this experimental condition, the reaction temperature of highly reactive coke was lower than that of normal coke, which corresponds to the decrease in the thermal reserve zone temperature in a blast furnace. First, a decrease in reaction temperature made the reaction of the catalyst added coke more homogeneous, which increased the post-reaction strength of the highly reactive coke produced by the post-addition of catalyst to coke method; however, it decreased that of the highly reactive coke produced by the pre-addition of catalyst to coke method. Secondly, the post-reaction strength of catalyst-added highly reactive coke produced by the post-addition of catalyst to coke method became equal to or greater than that of normal coke. The types of catalysts and the catalyst adding method affect the porosity distribution in the coke after reaction and hence the post-reaction strength of coke to a great extent. Suitable selection of catalysts and its addition method to coke leads to highly reactive coke with post-reaction strength greater than that of normal coke. Catalyst-added highly reactive coke is a promising material to improve blast furnace reaction efficiency.