The research work covers a study of the feasibility of producing
lightweight ceramic thermal insulation bodies used for lining the furnaces
by adding saw dust and AlF3 to the Dewechla clay (Kaolinite).AlF3 is a
chemical waste materials in the Akashat–factories in Rutba to the
Dewechla clay (kaolinite). Finely distributed Saw dust and ALF3 were
added to clay with different weight percentages (0, 15, 25, 35 & 40) Wt%.
Cylindrical shape samples (30mm diameter and 30 mm height) were
prepared by using the semi–dry method, moulding pressure was
(500Kg/cm²). After drying at (110C◦), the samples were burnt at (900, 950,
1000, 1050&1100) C◦. The fired samples were investigated to obtain their
properties, bulk density, porosity ,compressive strength and thermal
conductivity. It was possible to produce ligh-weight ceramic thermal
insulators with bulk density between (700 and 1300) Kg/m³ compressive
strength not less than (25) Kg/cm² and thermal conductivity between (0.2
and 0.4) Kcal/m.h.c.