Iron ore is one of the most important minerals found on Earth due to its high demand in the steel industry. However, some of the components in the iron ore can interfere with the production process or have a negative impact on the final product. Therefore monitoring the chemical composition of iron ores is not only important for the control of the mining process but also to optimize the feeding process of melting furnaces during steel production.
A number of elements must be monitored in iron ore samples. Beside the major element Fe, other elements of interest are Si, Al, Ti, Ca, Mg, Mn, K, S and P. Even though some of these elements are only present in low concentrations, they have a significant impact on the steel manufacturing process and the final product quality.
This lab report shows the performance of this instrument for the analysis of iron ore samples, prepared as fused beads.