Calcination Of The UAE Limestones: A Laboratory Experiment | 42498
ISSN: 2157-7617

Journal of Earth Science & Climatic Change
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Calcination of the UAE limestones: A laboratory experiment

2nd International Conference on Geology

Sulaiman Alaabed, Osman Abdelghany, Mohamed Mokhtar El Tokhi, Bahaa Eddin Mahmood and Abdel Monem Mohamed Soltan

United Arab Emirates University, UAE Ain Shams University, Egypt

ScientificTracks Abstracts: J Earth Sci Clim Change

DOI: 10.4172/2157-7617.C1.021

Calcination is a heat treatment process in industry to produce lime from pure limestones. This method was applied in a laboratory scale on representative samples from UAE limestones to examine their eligibility for lime production. Limestone rocks occur in several places in the UAE, but largely outcrop in AlAin and Ras Alkaimah zone. Wadi AlBih, Jabal Faya “Buhays”, and Jabel Hafit are the main areas where the limestone representative samples are collected. Mineralogical, chemical and morphological characteristics of the studied limestones were investigated through several analytical techniques such as XRD, XRF, cathodoluminescence and SEM. Calcination was performed by loading the limestone samples in porcelain crucibles and firing for 0.25, 0.5, 1 and 2 h at 800, 900, 1000 and 1100°C in a lab scale electrical muffle furnace. After each calcination run, the lime grains were immediately examined for their microfabric characteristics, free lime content and hydration rate. The investigated samples represent six different formations, in which the resulted lime is not the same in all. Ghalilah limestone includes an oxide impurity with the lowest hydration rates indicating an undesirable material for the lime production. Dammam and Asmari limestone preserves a flicker of the original limestone microfabric and may need more testing at higher firing conditions that may fit for a dead-burnt lime. Musandam, Shauiba and Muthaymimah limestone records a higher hydration rate probably attributed to smaller lime crystallites and the dominance of the post-calcination micro-cracks. Therefore, the limestone of the last three formations is more proper for a quicklime production. The above outcomes have proved the strong connection between mineralogical, chemical and morphological characteristics of the calcined limestone and the attribute of the produced lime.

Sulaiman Alaabed is an Associate Professor at United Arab Emirates University, UAE. He was awarded PhD in Geological Sciences in mineralogy & petrology from The Ohio State University in the year of 2000. He has completed his BSc in Geology from UAE University and MSc, in Geological Sciences in Earth Science from The Ohio State University, USA. He has about 27 conference presentations and 14 published papers. He participated in many conferences, forums, workshops and special programs at the UAE and abroad. He performed several educational workshops, peer-reviewed a number of journal papers and contributed in number of specialized & development committees. He holds three major management positions at the College of Science of UAEU: Assistant Dean for Student Affairs (2001- 2003), Internship Unit Director (2007-2013) and Assistant Dean for Professional Development (2013- now).

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