Submission Title

77 -- Ironville Slag

Submission Type

Poster

Start Date

4-21-2022

Abstract

Slag samples from Ironville, NY were analyzed to determine their mineral makeup. Slag is the byproduct that results from smelting, an industrial process used to separate a pure metal from an ore. A variety of samples were studied, and they range in their appearance from purple and blue glass, to gray and red vesicular material. All samples were crushed to a fine powder using a ball mill and then analyzed with the x-ray diffractometer (XRD). Glass was a main component of half of the samples we studied. The other half contained glass as well as crystalline materials. The crystals/minerals that were observed belonged to the pyroxene family as well as pure iron. Perhaps the most surprising analysis was discovering the presence of crystalline materials in a highly vesiculated sample.

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Apr 21st, 12:00 AM

77 -- Ironville Slag

Slag samples from Ironville, NY were analyzed to determine their mineral makeup. Slag is the byproduct that results from smelting, an industrial process used to separate a pure metal from an ore. A variety of samples were studied, and they range in their appearance from purple and blue glass, to gray and red vesicular material. All samples were crushed to a fine powder using a ball mill and then analyzed with the x-ray diffractometer (XRD). Glass was a main component of half of the samples we studied. The other half contained glass as well as crystalline materials. The crystals/minerals that were observed belonged to the pyroxene family as well as pure iron. Perhaps the most surprising analysis was discovering the presence of crystalline materials in a highly vesiculated sample.

 

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