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Properties of limestone related to SO2/SO3 reactivity were investigated. Limestone calcined under different conditions (temperature, time and with/without additives) yield calcines of distinctly different physical structures. The amount of pores and the size of the pores formed during calcination is important. The main purpose of the present work was to gain a better understanding and more reliable explanation of the temperature regime for gas desulphurization using Ca-based sorbents in atmospheric fluidized-bed combustors. Pore size, surface area and pore volume of each calcine were determined by mercury porosimetry and BET methods. At higher calcination temperature and during longer time, sintering became significant and the obtained calcine had a smaller internal surface area and thereby the average pore radius increased. The additives such as NaCl also accelerated sintering thus increasing the pore size. The measurements of porosity were supplemented by scanning electron microscopic observations employed for qualitative description of the pore structure. SEM micrographs are presented.

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