Gelling properties of sepiolite versus montmorillonite

Thomas C. Simonton, Sridhar Komarneni, Rustum Roy

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Abstract

The gelling properties of sepiolites from four different sources are compared with a Na-montmorillonite from Wyoming. The comparison was made on the basis of ease of gel preparation, gel viscosity and yield stress, and the modulus of rupture of slip cast bars made with kaolinite for the purpose of demonstrating that sepiolite could be used as a replacement for montmorillonite in ceramic bodies. Aqueous sepiolite gels (2 wt.% clay) were more quickly and easily prepared and had a greater viscosity and yield stress than a comparable montmorillonite gel. Also, the structure of critical-point dried sepiolite gels was examined by scanning electron microscopy and was found to be composed of interconnecting fibers in three dimensions. Slip cast bars made with sepiolite-kaolinite were weaker than those made with montmorillonite-kaolinite, but at optimum casting conditions the modulus of rupture of the sepiolite-kaolinite bars was near that of the montmorillonite-kaolinite bars.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)165-176
Number of pages12
JournalApplied Clay Science
Volume3
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1988

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Bentonite
sepiolite
Kaolin
montmorillonite
kaolinite
gel
Gels
Yield stress
rupture
viscosity
Viscosity
ceramics
magnesium trisilicate
Casting
replacement
scanning electron microscopy
clay
Scanning electron microscopy
Fibers

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  • Geochemistry and Petrology
  • Geology

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Simonton, Thomas C. ; Komarneni, Sridhar ; Roy, Rustum. / Gelling properties of sepiolite versus montmorillonite. In: Applied Clay Science. 1988 ; Vol. 3, No. 2. pp. 165-176.
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