An investigation of goethite-seeded Al(OH)3 precipitation using in situ X-ray diffraction and Rietveld-based quantitative phase analysis

Webster, Nathan A.S., Madsen, Ian C., Loan, Melissa J., Knott, Robert B., Naim, Fatima, Wallwork, Kia S., & Kimpton, Justin A. (2010) An investigation of goethite-seeded Al(OH)3 precipitation using in situ X-ray diffraction and Rietveld-based quantitative phase analysis. Journal of Applied Crystallography, 43(3), pp. 466-472.

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Abstract

An in situ X-ray diffraction investigation of goethite-seeded Al(OH)3 precipitation from synthetic Bayer liquor at 343 K has been performed. The presence of iron oxides and oxyhydroxides in the Bayer process has implications for alumina reversion, which causes significant process losses through unwanted gibbsite precipitation, and is also relevant for the nucleation and growth of scale on mild steel process equipment. The gibbsite, bayerite and nordstrandite polymorphs of Al(OH)3 precipitated from the liquor; gibbsite appeared to precipitate first, with subsequent formation of bayerite and nordstrandite. A Rietveld-based approach to quantitative phase analysis was implemented for the determination of absolute phase abundances as a function of time, from which kinetic information for the formation of the Al(OH)3 phases was determined.

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ID Code: 73802
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
DOI: 10.1107/S0021889810008484
ISSN: 0021-8898
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Tropical Crops and Biocommodities
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 International Union of Crystallography
Deposited On: 11 Jul 2014 00:47
Last Modified: 14 Mar 2016 22:17

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