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Study on Wet Method Mechanism for Producing Tronoh's Silica Sand Fine Particles

ABU SAMAH, IZATUL NADIA (2011) Study on Wet Method Mechanism for Producing Tronoh's Silica Sand Fine Particles. Universiti Teknologi Petronas. (Unpublished)

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There are abundant of silica sand found at Tronoh around the area of Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS, yet there is less effort for commercializing these silica sand in both technical and research application. The need to produce silica sand fme particles in various processes has increased tremendously. Thus, the objective of this project is producing and characterizing Tronoh's silica sand fine particles from wet method by ball milling using particle size analyser (Mastersizer), Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM), Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscope (FESEM), X-Ray Diffraction (XRD), X-Ray Fluorescent (XRF) and Energy Dispersive X-ray (EDX). The scope of study ofthis project is to produce Tronoh's silica sand fine particles using wet method by ball milling while characterizing the properties of materials formed using characterization equipment. It is based on both research and laboratory experiments, in which main equipment involved such as ball mill machine, sieve shaker and oven. The methodology of this project commences when silica sand is being taken at the entrance ofUniversiti Teknologi PETRONAS. The silica sand then being meshed with different of mesh sizes using sieve shaker until getting silica sand size <600um. The grinding process begins by mixing silica sand, water and grinding media to form slurry and grind it using ball mill. After that, silica sand is dried in an oven to remove water and moisture. The process of sieving, grinding and drying continue about 6 hours alternately until getting silica sand fine particles. From all these characterization equipment, the particle size distribution, particles morphology, crystalline structure, crystalline size, chemical composition and element mapping of silica sand fine particles can be determined. The results show that, as grinding duration increased, the particles size distribution of silica sand decreased, morphology structure changed, crystalline structure remained same with decreasing of crystalline size while composition of Si02 increased and both weight and atomic percent of Si element decreased. These characteristics of silica sand fine particles are very imperative both for commercialization and advance research. I believe that my final year project will be beneficial to both UTP and industry.

Item Type: Final Year Project
Academic Subject : Academic Department - Mechanical Engineering - Materials - Engineering materials - Composites material - Natural composites
Subject: T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
Divisions: Engineering > Mechanical
Depositing User: Users 2053 not found.
Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2013 11:07
Last Modified: 25 Jan 2017 09:42
URI: http://utpedia.utp.edu.my/id/eprint/8717

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