Characterization of MSWI bottom ashes towards utilization as glass raw material

Monteiro, R. C. C. a, C. F. a Figueiredo, M. S. a Alendouro, M. C. b Ferro, E. J. R. b Davim, and M. H. V. b Fernandes. "Characterization of MSWI bottom ashes towards utilization as glass raw material." Waste Management. 28 (2008): 1119-1125.


The characterization of the bottom ashes produced by two Portuguese municipal solid waste incinerators (MSWI) was performed with the aim of assessing the feasibility of using this waste as raw material in the production of glass that can be further processed as glass-ceramics for application in construction. Density and particle size distribution measurements were carried out for physical characterization. Chemical characterization revealed that SiO2, a network glass former oxide, was present in a relatively high content (52-58 wt%), indicating the suitability for this waste to be employed in the development of vitreous materials. CaO, Na2O and K2O, which act as fluxing agents, were present in various amounts (2-17 wt%) together with several other oxides normally present in ceramic and glass raw materials. Mineralogical characterization revealed that the main crystalline phases were quartz (SiO2) and calcite (CaCO3) and that minor amounts of different alkaline and alkaline-earth aluminosilicate phases were also present. Thermal characterization showed that the decomposition of the different compounds occurred up to 1100 °C and that total weight loss was <10 wt%. Heating both bottom ashes at 1400 °C for 2 h resulted in a melt with suitable viscosity to be poured into a mould, and homogeneous black-coloured glasses with a smooth shiny surface were obtained after cooling. The vitrified bottom ashes were totally amorphous as confirmed by X-ray diffraction. The results from the present experimental work indicate that the examined bottom ashes can be a potential material to melt and to obtain a glass that can be further processed as glass-ceramics to be applied in construction. © 2007 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.


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