New book "Corrosion of Refractories: The Fundamentals"

The first volume of the FIRE Compendium series on refractories on the theme of corrosion has been recently published (2017) for which Jacques Poirier and Michel Rigaud are the editors.

FIRE-Federation for International Refractory Research and Education (http://fire-refractory.org/) is a non-profit organisation established to promote international education and research programmes for the refractory industry. Nowadays, FIRE has 27 members drawn from all sectors of the refractory producing, supplying and consuming industries together with academic institutions involved in refractory research. Apart from being committed to a series of research programmes with contributions from both industrial and academic partners, which are by definition precompetitive,  FIRE is launching a compendium series in association and in partnership with Göller-Verlag publishing to make refractory science and technology available to academia, students, refractory raw material suppliers, producers, users and others interested in the refractory industry.

FIRE compendium series envisages three books on corrosion of refractories. The first volume (volume 2A) on the Fundamentals focuses degradation mechanisms including thermal aspects; chemical aspects and transfer of materials; phase changes and mechanical aspects; and coupling between all those aspects. The corrosion processes are treated at the macro-, meso- and microscopic scales. Seven authors, coordinated by the editors, contribute to the seven chapters of this book. 

The volume 2A on Fundamentals will be followed by two other volumes: 2B on Testing and Characterization Methods and 2C on The Impact of Corrosion on plants availability and products quality, illustrated by case studies. 

Carmen Baudín
Spanish Society of Ceramic and Glass


Wear by corrosion of refractory materials remain a major concern for plant operators, manufacturers of refractories, installers and refractory engineers involved in R&D and Education in this field of expertise. The entire subject will be covered in within tree volumes. The other will present an in-depth compilation of the major testing tests and characterization methods (volume 2B) and the impact of corrosion on plants availability and products quality, revealing what can be learned from post-mortem analysis, through pertinent case studies (volume 2C). The first volume (volume 2A) on the Fundamentals is being treated at he macro-, meso- and microscopic scale, focusing on degradation mechanisms including thermal aspects; chemical aspects and transfer of materials; phase changes and mechanical aspects; and coupling between all those aspects. It does provide the readers with the conceptual tools for a clear understanding of the degradation phenomena frequently observed, providing the insights for improving the performances of those materials (inserted in complex linings) and exposed to increasingly harsh environment. Seven authors have been recruited by FIRE, lead by J. Poirier and M. Rigaud, to cover the seven chapters: 1- Features of refractory corrosion by J. Poirier and m. Rigaud; 2- Thermodynamics by M. Rigaud, J. Smith, In-Ho Jung and J. Poirier; 3- Kinetics by Y-B Kang; 4- Wettability by N. Eustathopoulos; 5- Reactions and mechanisms of corrosion by J. Poirier; 6- Thermal, chemical and mechanical couplings by É. Blond; 7-Impact of operating conditions on refractory lining wear by J. Poirier and M. Rigaud. The content of the book has been reviewed by fourteen fellow experts (industrials and academics) worldwide. It represents a major contribution to grasp in depth the main principles to address the major issues concerning the corrosion of refractories. 

The book addresses the fundamentals of refractory castable engineering with three distinct themes: 
1) fundamentals of formulation design linked to dispersion, particle size distribution and packing, and different binder additives.(available at www.refractories-worldforum.com/)

The book addresses the fundamentals of refractory castable engineering with three distinct themes being presented in a sequence that not only considers the formulation concepts and properties but also the features and the optimization of different systems. Three chapters are dedicated to the fundamentals of formulation design linked to dispersion, particle size distribution and packing, and different binder additives. Subsequent chapters then address the installation and drying steps, as well as the effects associated with the main castable processing stages. The last four chapters move on to highlight the properties and optimization of traditional and novel monolithic formulations containing Magnesia, Spinel or Carbon and a treatise on the family of special castables. This perspective demonstrates the authors’ objectives to illustrate the various and complex steps and fundamentals involved in the design, processing and applications of these products. Furthermore, by applying the presented fundamentals for the development and production of such materials, high-performance castables can be developed, aiming to extend the equipment working life and cope with aggressive operational conditions. The authors were led by one of the world’s experts in the fi eld of monolithic refractories, Prof. Victor C. Pandolfelli, from Federal University of Sao Carlos in Brazil, who compiled with his co-authors Dr. Ana Paula da Luz and Dr. Mariana A.L. Braulio this ten chapter book dedicated to the engineering of modern refractory systems. The book is unique as its content has been reviewed by fellow experts worldwide in the field of castables with Prof. Michel Rigaud acting as executive editor. It thus represents unrivalled peer reviewed content in terms of castable engineering compared to previous publications and provides the reader with a unifying holistic view of such complex subject.

Dedicated to a readership of academia, students, refractory manufacturers and refractory user industries from the sectors of iron and steel, non-ferrous metals, aluminium, cement, lime, glass and ceramics, high-performance composites and coatings, foundry, petrochemical, power generating and waste incineration.