Dataset produced by automated sandrammer, clay-gun, and plate viscometer for three different tap-hole clays

Published: 4 October 2020| Version 2 | DOI: 10.17632/ddrn6hpkdj.2
Joalet Steenkamp,


In pyrometallurgical furnace operation, tap-hole clay is injected using a clay-gun into the tap-hole at the end of the tap to stop the metal and/or the slag flow, and to create a seal between the furnace contents and the environment. Commercial manufacturers of tap-hole clay report the workability index of their products, based on sand-rammer technology, as an indication of the rheological properties of the clay. In the paper presented here, a dataset is presented for three different tap-hole clays where an automated sand-rammer, pilot-scale clay-gun, and plate viscometer were applied. In all three instances, the data collection process was automated with raw data, available as Excel spreadsheets, published in an online repository. For the purpose of this paper, the data was analysed and presented as graphs or in tables. The data will be of future use for further studies into the effect of tap-hole clay rheology on clay-gun performance.


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Rheology, Clay, Pyrometallurgy, Furnace