2000 Volume 40 Issue 11 Pages 1067-1072
The condition of iron ore samples in blast furnace simulation tests according to the REAS procedure was determined by interrupting the test at different stages close to the maximum in the pressure drop across the sample bed. While the onset of the pressure increase does agree with liquid formation (melting of fayalite), the increase in the pressure drop appears to be related to sample compaction (softening). Elimination of pores formed by reduction (rather than lubrication by liquid) appears to be the main factor affecting compaction. The first strong temperature arrest is not associated with melting of the slag phase, but rather with the onset of (endothermic) direct reduction.