Chapter 12. A Review of Alumina Production, Characterization, and Use

  1. William M. Carty
  1. Jennifer C. Southern

Published Online: 26 MAR 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470294673.ch12

Materials & Equipment/Whitewares: Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, Volume 22, Issue 2

Materials & Equipment/Whitewares: Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, Volume 22, Issue 2

How to Cite

Southern, J. C. (2008) A Review of Alumina Production, Characterization, and Use, in Materials & Equipment/Whitewares: Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, Volume 22, Issue 2 (ed W. M. Carty), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9780470294673.ch12

Author Information

  1. Alcan Chemicals Limited, Uxbridge, United Kingdom

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 26 MAR 2008
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 2001

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470375723

Online ISBN: 9780470294673

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Keywords:

  • alumina production;
  • ceramics;
  • refractory industries;
  • bayer process;
  • quality control

Summary

Alumina is one of the major products used by the ceramic and refractory industries. Almost all of this alumina is still ultimately derived from the century-old Bayer process. However, increasingly sophisticated production routes with associated process and quality control are used to manufacture a range of aluminas that vary in purity, particle size distribution, and particle shape. The main types of alumina are activated, calcined, low-soda, reactive, high-purity, fused, and tabular. These satisfy a wide range of applications, including hotelware, castable refractories, electrical insulators, and lasers.