Synthesis of an Anticorrosive Pigment by Thermal Treatment of Iron Oxides from Steel Industry Wastes

Síntesis de un pigmento anticorrosivo mediante el tratamiento térmico de los óxidos de hierro procedentes de residuos siderúrgicos

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María Angélica Colpas-Ruiz
Gabriel Antonio Jiménez-Rodríguez, M.Sc.
José Andrés Pérez-Mendoza, M.Sc.
Óscar Fabián Higuera-Cobos, Ph. D.


This work reports the obtaining of an anticorrosive pigment composed mainly of hematite (ɑ-Fe2O3) from a powder steel industry waste from rust scale of rebar steel. This residue is mainly composed of Fe2O3 (87.97 %), SiO2 (6.13 %), CaO (1.88 %), Al2O3 (1.30%) and MnO (0.77 %). The total iron oxide of the residue is constituted by the following crystalline phases: magnetite, maghemita, lepidocrocita, wüstite, goethite and hematite. The production of a pigment with a high content of hematite was possible thanks to the high content of precursor iron oxides, which were calcined at different temperatures (750-850 °C) and holding times (0.5-1.50 h). For characterizing the iron content chemically and to identify their iron oxides phases, it was used X-ray fluorescence (XRF) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The results showed that the pigment with the highest amount of hematite (ɑ-Fe2O3) was obtained at a calcination temperature of 850 °C and a holding time of 1.00 h.



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