Particle Characterisation and Grinding Behaviour of Gamma-Alumina Slurries Prepared in a Stirred Media Mill

Stephen Adegbite


This paper investigates gamma-alumina slurry preparation in a stirred media mill to develop protocols for the characterisation of slurries for coating onto monolithic catalyst supports. The relationship between the pH and the zeta potential of particles is determined. The gamma–alumina particles are found to be optimally stabilised at a pH of 4 and zeta potential of +41 mV. The grinding behaviour of gamma-alumina particles inside the mill is determined in terms of the number of stress events (SN), stress energy (SE) and the specific energy (Em,p). The visualisation of the particles at different stages of milling is done by scanning electron microscope (SEM). The results show that finer particles are produced by increasing milling duration from 0 – 240 min due to an increase in SN and that the use of smaller grinding media inside the mill produced finer particles due to an efficient consumption of Em,p.

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