Bulletin of Materials Science

, Volume 26, Issue 7, pp 703–706 | Cite as

Solid state sintering of lime in presence of La2O3 and CeO2

  • T. K. Bhattacharya
  • A. Ghosh
  • H. S. Tripathi
  • S. K. Das


The sintering of lime by double calcination process from natural limestone has been conducted with La2O3 and CeO2 additive up to 4 wt.% in the temperature range 1500–1650° C. The results show that the additives enhanced the densification and hydration resistance of sintered lime. Densification is achieved up to 98.5% of the theoretical value with La2O3 and CeO2 addition in lime. Grain growth is substantial when additives are incorporated in lime. The grain size of sintered CaO (1600°C) with 4 wt.% La2O3 addition is 82 μm and that for CeO2 addition is 50 μm. The grains of sintered CaO in presence of additive are angular with pores distributed throughout the matrix. EDX analysis shows that the solid solubility of La2O3 and CeO2 in CaO grain is 2.9 and 1.7 weight %, respectively. The cell dimension of CaO lattice is 4.803 %C. This value decreases with incorporation of La2O3 and CeO2. The better hydration resistance of La2O3 added sintered lime compared to that of CeO2 added one, is related to the bigger grain size of the lime in former case.


Sintered lime cation vacancy hydration resistance microstructure 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • T. K. Bhattacharya
    • 1
    • 2
  • A. Ghosh
    • 1
  • H. S. Tripathi
    • 1
  • S. K. Das
    • 1
  1. 1.Refractories DivisionCentral Glass and Ceramic Research InstituteKolkataIndia
  2. 2.College of Ceramic TechnologyKolkataIndia

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