Characterization of sintering dust collected in the various fields of the electrostatic precipitator

Christof Lanzerstorfer, Dominik Steiner

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Sinter plant off-gas is usually de-dusted by electrostatic precipitators. Compliance with the dust emission limits is often difficult because of the high specific resistivity of the emitted dust. Mechanical properties of the dust are also relevant for the electrostatic precipitator design. Dust samples from the four consecutive electrostatic precipitator fields were characterized in this study. Most measured parameters showed a considerable variation in the various dust samples. The particle size of the dust as well as its bulk density continuously decreased from the first field to the fourth field. The flowability of the dusts was generally bad and decreased from the first to the last field. In contrast, the wall friction angles with structural steel were quite constant at approximately 30°. The Fe content was lower in the dust from the last two fields while the concentration of K, Na, Cl- and was significantly higher. At the same time the particle density was lower. The maximum specific dust resistivity for the first field and second field dust was approximately 3 × 1011Ωcm and no signs for the occurrence of back corona were detected. For the dusts from the last two fields the maximum value was approximately 2 × 1012Ωcm. Back corona was observed in the temperature range from 120°C to 210°C. In this area the dust resistivity values were higher than 4 × 1011Ωcm.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1559-1567
Number of pages9
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 17 Jun 2016


  • de-dusting
  • dust properties
  • electrostatic precipitator
  • Sinter plant
  • Air Pollutants/analysis
  • Environmental Monitoring/instrumentation
  • Dust/analysis
  • Hot Temperature
  • Metallurgy
  • Static Electricity
  • Equipment Design


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