PhD thesis about CRT glass foaming by Francois Mear

logo_smallFrance has a server where PhD students are invited to upload their thesis. I found an interesting one about the foaming of CRT (cathode ray tubes), already mentioned in a previous post. But in that post, only glass without PbO was foamed.

In the PhD-thesis of this post (written in French by Francois Mear), also PbO containing glass is considered. The following topics are described:

  • Glass composition of the different CRT’s
  • Description of different and less known glass foaming methods
    • Saint-Gobain method based on sulfate
    • Saint Gobain – Isover method with a nitrate glasses
    • CERNIX with AlN foaming agent
    • MISAPOR process with SiC
  • Description of foaming tests with SiC and TiN
  • Study of the obtained foams
  • Study of the foaming kinetics and formation of Pb-metal

In my opinion, the presence of Pb-metal in the foam will never be accepted. This Pb-metal is the result of the reduction of the PbO by SiC and/or TiN. Only foaming methods, based on decomposition (CaCO3) can be a candidate to recycle this glass as cellular glass.

 

 

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