Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy
Chemical and Biological Engineering
Maurice A. Larson
The growth rates of secondary crystal nuclei determine the number of crystals that will reach a size large enough to contribute to the final product mass in a crystallization process. Contact nuclei were chosen for study because crystals nucleated under conditions of low supersaturation are formed by contact or secondary nucleation. High supersaturation levels are required for primary nucleation to occur. Growth rate dispersion complicates the prediction of growth rates and product size distributions. Having growth rate dispersion in a crystallizing system means that despite the population of crystals having all been nucleated and grown under identical conditions, they grow at different rates. To predict and control crystallizer behavior, one must be able to characterize growth rates and growth rate dispersion as a function of the supersaturation conditions in the crystallizer. This dissertation uses single crystal growth experiments to characterize the growth rate dispersion of secondary nuclei as a function of supersaturation. In addition, growth rates and growth rate dispersion are related to integral strain and dislocation density, two factors known to affect crystal growth rates.
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Christopher Michael Jones
Jones, Christopher Michael, "Characterizing growth rates and growth rate dispersion of secondary nuclei as a function of supersaturation " (1999). Retrospective Theses and Dissertations. 12573.