Journal of Central South University

, Volume 26, Issue 12, pp 3213–3224 | Cite as

Promotion of conversion activity of flue gas desulfurization gypsum into α-hemihydrate gypsum by calcination-hydration treatment

  • Qing-jun Guan (管青军)
  • Wei Sun (孙伟)Email author
  • Chang-ping Guan (官长平)
  • Wei-jian Yu (余伟健)Email author
  • Xiang-nan Zhu (朱向楠)
  • Sultan Ahmed Khoso
  • Ping Wang (王平)
  • Wen-qing Peng (彭文庆)


The massive accumulation of flue gas desulfurization (FGD) gypsum produced in the wet limestone-gypsum flue gas desulfurization process not only encroaches on lands but also causes serious environmental pollution. The preparation of α-hemihydrate gypsum (α-HH) is an important way to achieve high-value utilization of FGD gypsum. Although the glycerol-water solution approach can be used to produce α-HH from FGD gypsum under mild conditions, the transition is kinetically unfavorable in the mixed solution. Here, an easy pretreatment was used to activate FGD gypsum by calcination and hydration to readily complete the transition. The pretreatment deteriorated the crystallinity of FGD gypsum and caused it to form small irregular flaky crystals, which dramatically increased the specific surface area. Additionally, most of the organics adsorbed onto FGD gypsum surfaces were removed after pretreatment. The poor crystallinity, increased specific surface area, and elimination of organics adsorbed onto crystal surfaces effectively improved the conversion activity of FGD gypsum, thereby promoting dihydrate gypsum (DH) dissolution and α-HH nucleation. Overall, the phase transition of FGD gypsum to α-HH is facilitated.

Key words

flue gas desulfurization gypsum α-hemihydrate gypsum calcination-hydration treatment dissolution surface characteristics 



湿法石灰石-石膏烟气脱硫过程中产生的脱硫石膏的大量堆积不仅会浪费土地而且会对周边环境造成严重污染. 制备 α-半水石膏是高附加值利用脱硫石膏的重要途径. 目前, 常压甘油-水溶液法被认为是一种制备 α-半水石膏的优良方法, 但是在这种溶液体系中二水石膏转化效率不高. 用煅烧-水化预处理方法活化脱硫石膏使其能够比较容易地完成相变转化. 预处理后脱硫石膏的结晶性变差并形成细碎的无规则薄片状晶体, 这大幅度地提高了脱硫石膏的比表面积. 另外, 预处理还将大部分吸附在脱硫石膏表面的有机物去除. 结晶性变差、比表面积提高以及表面有机物的消除大幅度地提高了脱硫石膏的相变反应活性, 有利于二水石膏的溶解和α-半水石膏的成核结晶,最终促进脱硫石膏向 α-半水石膏的转化.


脱硫石膏 α-半水石膏 煅烧-水化预处理 溶解 表面特性 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Resource Environment and Safety EngineeringHunan University of Science and TechnologyXiangtanChina
  2. 2.School of Mineral Processing and BioengineeringCentral South UniversityChangshaChina
  3. 3.College of Chemical and Environmental EngineeringShandong University of Science and TechnologyQingdaoChina

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