Caractérisation thermo-chimio-mécanique de l'anode de carbone et identification des paramètres des lois de comportement

Authors: Zaglafi, Soufiane
Advisor: Fafard, MarioDarvishi Alamdari, Houshang
Abstract: Carbon anodes are considered as a key element for the performance of the aluminum electrolysis cell. Anode paste is produced by a mixture of calcined petroleum coke, coal tar pitch and anode butts. This paste is compacted in a form of dense green anode block. Then, the green anodes are baked in order to reach the desired properties. Anode properties depend on the quality of raw materials, the forming process and the baking parameters. This research project put the emphasis on the effect of baking parameters on the anode thermo-chemo-mechanical properties. The experimental results obtained will feed a numerical model to predict the changes in the anode properties during baking. An experimental methodology has been established. Initially, a constant anode recipe was used to fabricate the laboratory scale anode samples. Anode paste was transformed into uniform and dense green anode by the compaction method. The green anodes were CTscanned in order to visualize the apparent density distribution. The samples were baked at different temperatures ranging from 200 °C to 1100 °C with a soaking time of 20 hours. The mass loss variation at each baking level was estimated. Mechanical tests were carried out at high temperature in order to identify the compressive strength, the Young’s modulus, the Poisson’s ratio and the failure mode. In addition, the effect of soaking time on the mass loss, the mechanical properties and the failure mode was studied. Finally, thermogravimetric analysis tests were carried out in order to measure the mass loss of the anode during pyrolysis.
Document Type: Mémoire de maîtrise
Issue Date: 2019
Open Access Date: 26 February 2019
Grantor: Université Laval
Collection:Thèses et mémoires

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