Framework for monitoring and control of the production of calcined kaolin

Adriana Guatame-Garcia*, Mike Buxton

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In response to the growing demand for sustainable products and services, the kaolin calcination industry is developing practices that optimise the use of resources. The main challenges include more efficient use of raw materials and a reduction in the energy consumed by the calcination furnace. An opportunity to achieve this lies in the optimisation of the calcination process. This can be done by giving real-time feedback on the quality parameters of the generated calcined kaolin. This study proposes the use of infrared spectroscopy as a monitoring technique to determine the chemical properties of the calcined kaolin product. The basis of the monitoring system is the measurement of the kaolin soluble alumina content as one of the most important quality parameters; this property is an indicator of the over- or under-use of raw materials and energy during the calcination process and can advise the operations regarding the optimisation of the working conditions of the furnace. The implementation of an infrared-based monitoring system would lead to increased efficiency in the production of calcined kaolin.

Original languageEnglish
Article number403
Number of pages11
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • Calcination
  • Infrared spectroscopy
  • Kaolin
  • Monitoring
  • Optimisation
  • Quality control
  • Soluble alumina


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