Recycling spent refractory materials at the U.S. Bureau of Mines

M. Abbot Maginnis, James P. Bennett

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Researchers at the U.S. Bureau of Mines Tuscaloosa Research Center were among the first to conduct research aimed at evaluating the potential for recycling spent refractory materials. Changing conditions within industry have prompted a reexamination of past work and an examination of current recycling practice to help identify possible directions for future recycling research. The need to address that the technical and organizational issues associated with disposal/recycling spent refractory materials are increasing and require input from all segments of the industry to develop the least disruptive and most cost-effective solutions. Current technical, economic, and regulatory conditions suggest the most effective recycling program will require ongoing cooperative efforts on the part of industry, academia, and government to establish a comprehensive, cost-effective recycling program. Past Bureau of Mines recycling research and an outline of a proposed refractory recycling program based on current economic and regulatory considerations will be presented.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)190-198
Number of pages9
JournalCeramic Engineering and Science Proceedings
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1995
EventProceedings of the Fall Meeting on Refractory Ceramics and Basis Science Divisions - Louisville, KY, USA
Duration: Sep 25 1994Sep 28 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Materials Chemistry


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