Accretions in Cement Silos – Reasons for lump formation and Measures to prevent

The formation of lumps and accretions in cement silos are of frequent occurrence in cement plants.Some of the common influencing factors for these lump formation  are the fineness  of cements, storage time in the silo, cement mill temperatures  , the   K2O contents in cement clinker , use of aged clinker in cement grinding or due to lack of periodic maintenance of the cement silos .

The enclosed paper discusses the use of different chemico-mineralogical , thermal  and microstructural characterisation techniques used for diagnosis of the possible causes for accretions in cement silos exemplified by  two case studies as well as indicates the possible chemical , physical and  technical   measures that could be  attempted for avoiding the problems of accretions (lump formation ) in cement silos . The article was published at 7th NCB Int Seminar on Cement ,Concrete & Building Materials

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