Simulation of the heteroagglomeration between highly size-asymmetric ceramic particles

Abstract : Aggregation phenomena of dilute suspensions composed of two kinds of oxide particles (alumina d1 = 400 nm and silica d2 = 25 nm) have been studied by computer simulations. These particles are oppositely charged and so are prone to heteroagglomerate. The interaction between particles has been modeled by the DLVO potential. Two kinds of simulations have been performed: Brownian dynamics simulations to study the aggregation kinetics and global minimization searches that permit the examination of the most stable configurations of agglomerates. We demonstrate that aggregation should occur also for quite large fractions of added silica (even when 200 silica particles are adsorbed on each alumina particle) and that aggregates are likely to present chainlike shapes. Both findings are in agreement with experiments.
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Manuella Cerbelaud, Arnaud Videcoq, Pierre Abelard, R. Ferrando. Simulation of the heteroagglomeration between highly size-asymmetric ceramic particles. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, Elsevier, 2009, 332, pp.360-365. ⟨10.1016/j.jcis.2008.11.063⟩. ⟨hal-00364454⟩



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