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Factors influencing properties of carbon electrodes

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posted on 2018-02-08, 11:57 authored by John R. Farrington
Aluminium is obtained commercially from the Hall-Heroult Process, the electrolytic reduction of bauxite (aluminium oxide). The electrodes used are made from different types of carbon; the bulk of the electrode, known as the filler, is typically made from either a calcined-anthracite or petroleum coke, the particles of which are bonded together by the binder component of the electrode, which is usually coal-tar pitch. Large quantities of electrodes are consumed each year; attrition is by a variety of causes, and since there is no commercially realistic alternative to the Hall-Heroult Process, any means of reducing loss of electrodes would improve the economics of the extraction process. [Continues.]



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A Master's Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Master of Philosophy at Loughborough University.


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