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Chin. Phys. B, 2022, Vol. 31(7): 076107    DOI: 10.1088/1674-1056/ac5615

Influence of particle size on the breaking of aluminum particle shells

Tian-Yi Wang(王天一)1, Zheng-Qing Zhou(周正青)1,†, Jian-Ping Peng(彭剑平)2, Yu-Kun Gao(高玉坤)1, and Ying-Hua Zhang(张英华)1
1 School of Civil and Resource Engineering, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing 100083, China;
2 Zhaojin Mining Industry Co., Ltd, Zhaoyuan 265400, China
Abstract  Rupturing the alumina shell (shell-breaking) is a prerequisite for releasing energy from aluminum powder. Thermal stress overload in a high-temperature environment is an important factor in the rupture of the alumina shell. COMSOL Multiphysics was used to simulate and analyze the shell-breaking response of micron-scale aluminum particles with different particle sizes at 650 ℃ in vacuum. The simulation results show that the thermal stability time and shell-breaking response time of 10 μm-100 μm aluminum particles are 0.15 μs-11.44 μs and 0.08 μs-3.94 μs, respectively. They also reveal the direct causes of shell breaking for aluminum particles with different particle sizes. When the particle size is less than 80 μm, the shell-breaking response is a direct result of compressive stress overload. When the particle size is between 80 μm and 100 μm, the shell-breaking response is a direct result of tensile stress overload. This article provides useful guidance for research into the energy release of aluminum powder.
Keywords:  aluminum particle      shell-core structure      thermal stress      shell-breaking  
Received:  24 October 2021      Revised:  30 December 2021      Accepted manuscript online:  17 February 2022
PACS:  61.66.Dk (Alloys ) (Buckling)  
  68.35.Rh (Phase transitions and critical phenomena)  
  61.43.Gt (Powders, porous materials)  
Fund: Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 11802160).
Corresponding Authors:  Zheng-Qing Zhou     E-mail:

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Tian-Yi Wang(王天一), Zheng-Qing Zhou(周正青), Jian-Ping Peng(彭剑平),Yu-Kun Gao(高玉坤), and Ying-Hua Zhang(张英华) Influence of particle size on the breaking of aluminum particle shells 2022 Chin. Phys. B 31 076107

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