Characterization of a dusting lime kiln - A mill study
Paper in proceedings, 2017
© 2017 TAPPI Press. All rights reserved. The white liquor preparation is one of the main purposes of the recovery cycle in a kraft pulp mill and the lime kiln, being the single unit operation handling bulk solid materials, poses particular challenges in the recovery cycle. In this study, the influence of a dusting lime kiln on the preparation of white liquor was studied. The investigation showed that the dusting lime kiln produced a burned lime with a substantial fraction of fines at the expense of the fraction of granules, whereas a clear lime kiln had virtually no fines and more granules instead. Burned lime from both dusting and clear periods were collected and separated into fines and granules. The different fractions were slaked and causticized in a synthetic green liquor. The study found that the fines always delivered a lower effective alkali in the resulting white liquor, and that the particle sizes of the lime mud were always larger than those originating from the granules, implying that the fines were sintered harder. The industrial consequence is that a dusting lime kiln increases the load on the kiln because the yield of effective alkali is lower; it also introduces a greater dead load into the liquor cycle.