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- Ammonium phosphate slurry rheology and particle properties: the influence of Fe(III) and Al(III) impurities, solid concentration and degree of neutralization
- Campbell, G. R.; Leong, Yee Kwong; Berndt, Christopher C.; Liow, J. L.
- Ammonium phosphate slurries are produced from impure phosphoric acid that contains Fe(III), Al(III) and Mg(II) ions. The insolubility of these metal ions and the onset of solid formation determined as a function of pH or mole ratio (MR) of ammonia to phosphoric acid were consistent with the trend for the pH of formation of the first hydrolysis product that decreases in the following order: Fe(III)<Al(III)<Mg(II). The hydrolysis products of Fe(III) formed at pH>2.0 or MR>0.5 initiate ammonium phosphate crystallization, reduce the size of particles formed and generate attractive interparticle forces. Similarly, the Al(III) hydrolysis products formed later at pH>2.6 MR>0.7), will also initiate further crystallization, adsorb on particles and produce attractive forces. The attractive forces and the high number concentration of particle-particle interactions are responsible for the increased viscosity and non-Newtonian flow behavior displayed at increasing Fe(III) and Al(III) concentration. Mg(II) ions are not hydrolyzed at MR<1.0 so its effect on rheology is negligible and its effect at MR<1.0 is also small as its concentration is much smaller than that of Fe(III) and Al(III) ions. The change in slurry viscosity with the degree of neutralization is also explained in terms of particle size distribution, solubility and solids concentration variations.
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- Journal article
- Chemical Engineering Science, Vol. 61, no. 17 (Sep 2006), pp. 5856-5866
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- Adsorption; Ammonium compounds; Concentration process; Crystallization; Neutralization; Non-Newtonian flow; Particle formations; pH effects; Rheology; Slurries
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