Influence of the type of aqueous sodium silicate on the stabilization and rheology of kaolin clay suspensions.

Author(s) Izak, P.; Ogłaza, L.; Mozgawa, W.; Mastalska-Popławska, J.; Stempkowska, A.
Journal Spectrochim Acta A Mol Biomol Spectrosc
Date Published 2018 May 05

To avoid agglomeration and sedimentation of grains, ceramic slurries should be modified by stabilizers in order to increase the electrostatic interactions between the dispersed particles. In this study we present the spectral analysis of aqueous sodium silicates obtained by different synthesis methods and their influence on the rheological properties of kaolin based slurries. Infrared and Raman spectra can be used to describe the structure of silicate structural units present in aqueous sodium silicates. It was confirmed that the best stabilization results possess aqueous sodium silicates of the silicate moduli of about 2 and the optimal concentration of the used fluidizer is 0.3wt% to the kaolin clay dry mass. One of the most important conclusions is that the synthesis method of the fluidizer has no significant effect on its stabilization properties but used medium does create adequate stabilization mechanism depending on the silicate structures present in the sodium silicate solution.

DOI 10.1016/j.saa.2018.02.022
ISSN 1873-3557
Citation Spectrochim Acta A Mol Biomol Spectrosc. 2018;196:155159.

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