Growth of α‐AI2O3 Platelets in the HF‐γy‐AI2O3 System

Charles A. Shaklee, Gary L. Messing

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In the presence of a fluorine mineralizer, highly aggregated, <5 μm α‐Al2O3 platelet particles form by vapor transport during the thermal transformation of γ‐alumina. Platelet aggregation was determined to occur by platelet inter‐growth and by edge nucleation on primary α‐Al203 platelets. The addition of 1010α‐alumina seed particles/cm3γ–Al2O3 resulted in the development of discrete particles during the initial stage of transformation. Impingement of the growing platelets during the latter stage of transformation, however, resulted in intergrowth, a process which was not changed by seeding. Particle size distribution broadening was observed to increase with increasing HF and H2O concentrations because vapor reactant supersaturation increases the degree of edge nucleation. When initially low HF and H2O concentrations were used in seeded systems, however, essentially aggregate‐free α‐Al2O3 platelets of 10–15 μm were obtained.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2977-2984
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of the American Ceramic Society
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1994

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Materials Chemistry


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