Modern physical metallurgy and materials engineering: by R. E. Bishop, R. J. Smallman

By R. E. Bishop, R. J. Smallman

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Kaolinite is the commonest clay mineral and its small crystals form the major constituent of kaolin (china-clay), the rock that is a primary raw material of the ceramics industry. ) Clays are the sedimentary products of the weathering of rocks and when one considers the possible variety of geological origins, the opportunities for the acquisition of impurity elements and the scope for ionic replacement it is not surprising to find that the compositions and structures of clay minerals show considerable variations.

17 Structure of fl-cristobalite (from Kingery, Bowen and Uhlmann, 1976; by permission of Wiley-lnterscience). The structure thus forms a regular network of cornersharing tetrahedra. The coordination of anions around a cation is clearly fourfold; coordination around each anion can be derived by applying Pauling's Rule III. Thus, CN = 4:2 neatly summarizes the coordination in fl-cristobalite. Oxygen anions obviously occupy much more volume than cations and consequently their grouping in space determines the essential character of the structure.

225 and it follows that tetrahedral coordination gives a stable configuration; indeed, the complex anion SiO44- is the key structural feature of silica, silicates and silica glasses. The quadruple negative charge is due to the four unsatisfied oxygen bonds which project from the group. In a feature common to many structures, the tendency for anions to distance themselves from each other as much as possible is balanced by their attraction towards the central cation. Each of the four oxygen anions is only linked by one of its two bonds to the silicon cation, giving an effective silicon/oxygen ratio of 1:2 and thus confirming the stoichiometric chemical formula for silica, SiO2.

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