Effect of Addition of Process Control Agent (PCA) on the Nanocrystalline Behavior of Elemental Silver during High Energy Milling
Mechanical Alloying (MA) or High Energy Milling has been a subject of great interest for last few decades. However, in the majority of the cases the investigations are confined to areas like alloying in binary or multi-component systems from premixed powders. Very little work has been reported on high-energy milling of pure metals. There are some reports on mechanical alloying of pure metals that undergo polymorphic transformation on milling, but relatively few papers have been reported in the literature pertaining to attrition milling of pure metals, which do not fall under this category. One such attempt has been made in this investigation by subjecting a noble metal like silver with fcc crystal structure to attrition milling. The present work deals with the investigation of the effect of addition of a process control agent (PCA) on the nanocrystalline behavior of elemental silver powder subjected to high energy milling in an attritor. Elemental silver powder was subjected to attrition milling with and without addition of stearic acid as PCA. The powder samples drawn at periodic intervals during the course of milling were subjected to characterization using techniques like XRD, SEM and DSC. The variation in particle shape morphology, crystallite size and lattice strain as a function of PCA was studied.
Key Wordseffect of PCA mechanical alloying silver powder
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