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ROCHA JUNIOR, C. A. F. et al. Synthesis of zeolites from boiler fly ash: physical, chemical and mineralogical characterization. Cerâmica [online]. 2012, vol.58, n.345, pp. 43-52. ISSN 0366-6913. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0366-69132012000100008.
Along the years, worldwide industrial development has causing a growing generation of residues, bringing potentials environmental problems. A study of the characteristics of these wastes, as well as the development of techniques for their use in new processes becomes indispensable for the environment preservation. The main purpose of this work is to evaluate the possible use of two important industrial residues from the Amazon region for zeolite synthesis: (a) the fly ash (particle size < 100 µm) that comes from burning of mineral coal in boiler; and (b) the microsilica, a by-product of the reaction between quartz and coal in the production of metallic silicon and alloys iron-silicon.The following chemical, physical and mineralogical characterization methods were carried out: X-ray diffractometry, X-ray fluorescence, scanning electron microscopy, granulometric analysis, differential thermal and thermogravimetric analysis (DTA-TG). The analyses were carried out at the following conditions: 60, 100, 150 and 190 °C, Na2O/Al2O3 molar ratio of 5 and Si/Al molar ratio ranging from 2.12 to 15, and reaction time of 24 h. The results of the fly characterization demonstrate its enormous potential as raw material for the zeolite synthesis. SiO2 and Al2O3 represent more than 50% of its composition, mineralogical phases defined, low humidity content, low particle size (d90 < 10 µm), among others. Mineralogical analyses of the synthesized products showed the formation of some zeolite types, as follow: analcime, phillipsite, sodalite, zeolite P and tobermorite. The results show that the mixture fly ash-microsilica in these reaction conditions point to a promising material for zeolite synthesis.
Keywords : zeolite; synthesis; fly ash; environment.