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Refractories for Aluminum

Electrolysis and the Cast House


  • Reveals key principles of physical chemistry that play a significant role in aluminium production

  • Summarizes requirements for optimized structure and properties of refractory materials

  • Addresses contradictory concepts on critical components of refractories; the lining of reduction cells, thermal balance, and the features that constitutes the best refractory materials


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Andrey Yurkov
    Pages 267-271
  3. Back Matter
    Pages 273-276

About this book


This book details the rigorous requirements for refractories designed for aluminium metallurgical processes: reduction, cast house, and anode production. The author describes requirements specific to the properties and structure of refractory materials that differentiate it from the refractories for ferrous metallurgy, among others. A comparison is drawn between the properties and structure of refractories and carbon cathode materials from different  points of view: from the perspective of physical chemistry and chemical interactions during the metallurgical process and from the aspect of designing reduction pots and furnaces to accommodate the lifetime of metallurgical aggregates that are a part of aluminum refractory processes.


Aluminum Aluminum Reduction Cell Anode Baking Furnaces Calcining Furnaces Carbon Cathode Blocks Cast House Corrosion Resistance in Refractories Corrosion Tests Heat Insulation Materials Holding and Melting Furnaces Reduction Cells Refractories For Aluminum Refractory Materials Thermal Conductivity Aluminum cast house technology

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Chemical DepartmentMoscow State UniversityMoscowRussia

About the authors

Andrey Yurkov graduated from the Department of Ceramics and Refractories at the Moscow Mendeleev University of Chemical Technology. He holds a Ph.D. in structural ceramics and the Dr. Sci. in materials science of refractory materials. Professor Yurkov has more than a 100 publications. His areas of expertise and interests include materials science and processing of non-oxygen and oxygen-containing ceramics and refractories, and their applications in the aluminium industry. Dr. Yurkov is currently a research scientist at the Russian Aluminium company (RUSAL). He has also served as  the organizer and chairperson of the seminar and conference, “Refractories and Carbon Cathode Materials for the Aluminium Industry”.

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