Secondary nucleation of magnesium sulfate by fluid shear



The secondary nucleation of magnesium sulfate due to the action of fluid forces on a seed crystal was studied by introducing the hypothesized nuclei so generated into a region of high supersaturation. The number of nuclei observed is strongly dependent on the supersaturation at the seed and the severity of shear forces. Classical nucleation theory is used to interpret the results. These results are consistent with other experimental observations described in the recent literature on contact nucleation. The growth and nucleation process inferred is similar to that illustrated by Clontz and McCabe (1972) and suggested by Knight (1971).