Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science


Chemical Engineering

Major Professor

W. H. Baskervill

Committee Members

R. M. Boarts, Edgar D. Eaves


Summary: A process is under investigation for the manufacture of dicalcium phosphate by the hydrolosis of concentrated superphosphate containing recycled monocalcium phosphate. The hydrolysis also results in the formation of an aqueous solution of monocalcium phosphate and free phosphoric acid. The phases are separated, followed by washing and drying of the solid dicalcium phosphate. The wash water is used in the hydrolyzer. The solution is returned to the superphosphate production step, where phosphate rock and additional phosphoric acid are added, and where water is evaporated to form the solid superphosphate.

Pilot plant results have indicated that filtration rates vary widely under almost identical mixing conditions, presumably due to variations in particle size ranges. It was thought worthwhile, therefore, to study the effects of different mixing variables on the relative particle sizes as indicated by the settling rates of the mixture.

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