[SIT23-P06] Fabrication of highly-dense and fine-grained olivine aggregates with various crystallographic preferred orientation patterns in natural peridotite rocks
Keywords:crystallographic preferred orientation, olivine, mineral aggregate
To measure CPO effect on the bulk rock properties directly by room experiments, it is required to prepare polycrystalline materials with ideally controlled CPO
Olivine particles synthesized from source oxide powders and natural mineral particles prepared from milling natural olivine crystals were used in this study. To fabricate olivine aggregates with CPO, an external strong magnetic field (≤12 T) was applied to the olivine fine particles which were dispersed in the solvent. The alignment of certain crystallographic axes of the particles with respect to the magnetic direction was anticipated due to magnetic anisotropy of olivine. The dispersed particles were gradually consolidated on a porous alumina mold, which was covered with a solid-liquid separation filter, during drainage of the solvent. The consolidated aggregate was then isostatically pressed and vacuum sintered.
Uni-axially aligned c-axes and b-axes olivine aggregates that correspond BC-type and AC-type peridotite were obtained from the aggregates aligned under static and rotated magnetic field, respectively. Tri-axially aligned olivine aggregates corresponding to A-, B-, C- and E-type peridotite were obtained from a modulated rotation magnetic field.