Combination of different size distributions for mineral particles by applying experimentally determined apparent mean shape factor

Ulusoy U. , Gulsoy O. Y. , Aydogan N. A. , Yekeler M.

PARTICULATE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, vol.26, no.2, pp.158-168, 2008 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 26 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/02726350801890953
  • Page Numbers: pp.158-168


As is well known, the behavior of systems of fine particles is strongly dependent on the size of the individual particles, and the size effects become increasingly important as the particles become progressively smaller. This study covers two different size analysis techniques, sieving and laser diffraction measurement, and constructs whole size distribution for different mill (ball and rod) products of some industrial minerals: barite and quartz minerals. A smooth overlap of corrected laser diffraction size distribution and sieve size distribution was obtained by applying the particle size with the apparent mean shape factor shifting to the right side of the curve for the rod-milled barite and ball- and rod-milled quartz. The apparent mean shape factors determined from the corrected particle size distributions were found to be 1.02 and 1.39 for ball- and rod-milled barite and 1.29 and 1.25 for ball- and rod-milled quartz, respectively. The results indicate that the ball-milled products of barite mineral have snore regular (rounder in shape) particles than those of rod-milled barite, but there are not significant differences between the shape factors of ball- and rod-milled products of quartz mineral, i.e., both of them have irregular particles that deviate from spherical shape, as evident from the SEM pictures taken.