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Powder Metallurgy
ArticleName Obtaining of ferrosilicochromium powder alloy by silicothermic reduction and study of the mechanism of this process
DOI 10.17580/cisisr.2019.01.09
ArticleAuthor V. A. Martirosyan, M. E. Sasuntsyan, V. V. Savich

National Polytechnic University of Armenia (Erevan, Armenia):

V. H. Martirosyan, Dr. Eng., Prof., Dept. of General Chemistry and Chemical Processes, E-mail:
M. E. Sasuntsyan, Cand. Eng., Associate Prof., Dept. of General Chemistry and Chemical Processes, E-mail:

Institute of Powder Metallurgy (Minsk, Belarus):

V. V. Savich, Cand. Eng., Associate Prof., 1st Deputy General Director, E-mail:


The process of obtaining a powder ferrosilicochromic alloy by the method of silicothermic reduction of local chromites and slags of copper smelters was investigated. The mechanism of this process has been studied. It is established that the best results are obtained in the case of slag / chromite ratio = 1:1, when an alloy with microdispersed structure and high strength is obtained. The optimum composition of the resulting alloy is as follows: 35.1% Fe; 36,35% Si and 28.53% Cr, with a metal yield of 98.4%. The obtained alloy powder can be used as an acidified and alloying additive to chromium- and siliconcontaining stainless composite materials. The aspects of the process for obtaining FeSiCr alloy have been developed. The maximum temperature (Tc) and the linear propagation velocity of the combustion wave (Uv) are determined graphically. The mechanism of the formation of FeSiCr in the SHS process is explained.

This work was financially supported by the RA MES State Committee of Science and Belarusian Republican Foundation for Fundamental Research (RB) within the framework of the joint research projects SCS and BRFFR — accordingly (13-РБ049 and AБ16/48).

keywords Chromite concentrate, metallurgical waste, ferrosilicochromium, powder alloy, silicothermic reduction, combustion wave, temperature profile

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