Terminology of Importance of Selecting Quality Fire Bricks


The fusion point is specified as the temperature at which the particular specimen under a definite stress becomes sufficiently, fluid to flow at a specified rate. A common method of determining the fusion point's by comparing. the bending characteristics of the sample with those of a series of standard pyrometric cones all run in the same furnace.


ASTM Load Test-The load resistance of refractories are almost invariably measured with a comparison specimen, which is heated under a definite schedule and the amount of deformation determined at the end of the test.
Load test is generally carried out on smaller specimens i.e. cylinders approximately 1 inch in diameter and 1 inch high. This method is preferable
because the temperature can be made more uniform over the specimen.


Spalling is usually defined as a fracture of the refractory brick or block resulting from a temperature gradient in brick, due to uneven heating or cooling that is sufficient to set up stresses of such magnitude as to cause failure.


To determine the fitness of a particular brick for service, it is often tested tor shrinkage under temperature conditions equivalent to those which it would receive in use.
This is done by first determining the length or volume of the brick by measurement and then subjecting it to a prolonged heating at the desired temperature. After the brick has cooled, it is again measured and the length, volume and shrinkage determined.


The flow of gases through refractory wall is important in many furnaces, especially where large pressure differences exist as in recirculating types. Also the permeability of such part as thermocouple tubes, muffles and recuperator is of interest in efficient design. Defects in manufacturing, viz, Laminations, voids and soft spots are shown up in the permeability test. Bricks made with more careful grog sizing, higher molding pressures and higher firing temperatures would have some what lower permeabilities.


The cold strength of fired refractories is not generally of importance in itself ;however, it often serves as a guide to other characteristics such as vitrification, burning temperature, or purity of material.


Refractories used in the hearths of furnaces or other places where objects slid along them must have a good resistance to abrasion, in the first place, the refractory must have a strong well - bonded structure, and second it must not become plastic at the working temperature, in general a brick which shows good resistance to load will also resist abrasion.
Samples of refractory are rubbed together inside a furnace and the loss in weight is determined for a certain time of test. Abrasion resistance decreases with the temperature. A fine grained structure and a high burning temperature increases the abrasion resistance.

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