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Size distribution analysis of Kaolin using laser diffraction technique

Ling , Felix Ngee Leh and Kassim, Khairul Anuar and Abdul Karim, Ahmad Tarmizi (2012) Size distribution analysis of Kaolin using laser diffraction technique. Advanced Materials Research, 341. pp. 108-112. ISSN 1022-6680


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Kaolin is widely used in ceramic, paper, and pharmaceutical industries. The suitability use of kaolin in industries will depend on its physical and chemical properties. The physical and chemical composition of Kaolii is dependent on its geological origin, geographic source and processing. Processed kaolin available in the market is normally graded by the manufacturer based on its physical and chemical composition. This paper is focused on the size distribution analysis of nine typeslbatches of processed kaolin and one raw kaolin soil by using laser difiaction technique (based on Fraunhofer difftaction theory) in accordance to BS IS0 13320:2009. The laser difiaction technique is widely used in the powder industries in determining the particle size distribution because of its simplicity and its repeatability. All the specimens were pre-sieved with a sieve of 2mm aperture size. The effective size, uniformity coefficient and coefficient of curvature of the material were also calculated to facilitate the size distribution analysis. The findings of this paper are expected to benefit industries in which size the distribution of the kaolin will directly or indirectly contribute to its suitability use.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: size distribution; Kaolin; laser diffraction technique; fraunhofer diffraction theory
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General) > TA401-492 Materials of engineering and construction. Mechanics of materials
Divisions: Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering > Department of Structural and Material Engineering
Depositing User: Normajihan Abd. Rahman
Date Deposited: 15 Aug 2013 07:27
Last Modified: 22 Jan 2015 00:14
URI: http://eprints.uthm.edu.my/id/eprint/3877
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