New refractory lining concept at Dead Sea magnesium electrolysis cells

Zeev Goshen, Ed A. Snajdr, Peter Nebgen, Manfred Rosch, Zeev Rubinovich, Eli Aghion

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Refractory linings in primary magnesium electrolysis cells are exposed to an aggressive environment, needing periodic replacement and re-build. This constant refurbishment is costly, time consuming and halts production during rebuild for the turnaround duration. The project, named "TAMAR," set the objectives to completely redesign the cell refractory lining concept, materials, structure, and installation method. During the project, many advanced (but not necessarily expensive) refractory products were tested and selected for better durability. The cell refractory lining structure was re-designed to incorporate mostly pre-fabricated ("pre-fab") units, make use of up-to-date monolithic products, and enable quicker installation, thus, trying to achieve: lower refurbishment costs, longer life expectancy, and shorter cell turnaround (idle) time. The TAMAR project took about two years to complete. An international team, headed by Minerals & Refractories Ltd. from Israel, included Vesuvius USA, IKB - Germany, Dead Sea Magnesium - Israel, and Refraline - South Africa. The project was partially funded by the BIRD Foundation. Recently, a full size prototype cell was installed at Dead Sea Magnesium and is now operating and being monitored.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages6
StatePublished - 21 Jul 2003
Externally publishedYes
Event2003 Magnesium Technology - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: 2 Mar 20036 Mar 2003


Conference2003 Magnesium Technology
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Metals and Alloys


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