The Stability of Metal Particles and Particle-Plate Interactions in Liquid Metals

  • Roy Thompson


This paper is an attempt to examine the stability of small particles in liquid metals using the classical methods of colloid chemistry. These methods were originally developed by Derjaguin, Landau and Verwey, Overbeek (the DLVO theory), to treat colloids in ionic solutions. The work reported here only considers electrically conducting solids in liquid metals. Such systems may have technological significance in areas such as; metallurgical casting techniques, where nucleation and dispersion of particulate alloy phases are important to the properties of the final product, the stability of magnetic ferro-fluids based on liquid metals, and in the understanding of corrosion and mass-transfer mechanism in large liquid metal cooled systems, particularly liquid-metal fast reactors (LMFRs), and also some proposed designs of solar energy collectors with high surface heat fluxes, as well as possible future thermonuclear reactor systems.


Liquid Metal Solid Metal Attractive Potential Repulsive Potential Hamaker Constant 


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© Plenum Press, New York 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • Roy Thompson
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  1. 1.AEREHarwellUK

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