The Morphology and Size Analysis of Fine Metal Powders

  • Minoru Ozasa
  • Hiroshi Fukuma


An electron microscopic study of powder particles by the carbon replica method was performed with respect to the following phenomena: aggregation, surface condition, crystal shape, growth process, inner structure, and measurement of particle size. Sample powders of tungsten, molybdenum, iron carbonyl, and nickel carbonyl were treated at various temperatures. In size analysis, air permeability and gas adsorption (B.E.T.) methods were applied in comparison with electron microscopy. Considerable disagreement of observed values among these methods was found at the early stage of the particle growth, but it decreased as particles grew according to thermal treatments. The electron microscopic data and adsorption data agreed with each other in the next stage, and, finally, with air permeability data. In the present treatment, a relationship between the size analysis and morphological change is discussed.


Powder Particle Primary Particle Iron Carbonyl Tungsten Powder Tungsten Trioxide 
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© Metal Powder Industries Federation and The Metallurgical Society of AIME 1966

Authors and Affiliations

  • Minoru Ozasa
    • 1
  • Hiroshi Fukuma
    • 1
  1. 1.Research LaboratoryMatsushita Electronics CorporationTakatsuki, OsakaJapan

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