Application of a Fickian model of diffusion to the dehydration of graded specimens of a precious Australian sedimentary opal derived from Coober Pedy

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Springer
Publication Type:
Journal Article
Citation:
Journal Of Thermal Analysis And Calorimetry, 2009, 97 (2), pp. 685 - 688
Issue Date:
2009-01
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A model developed for the estimation of the diffusion coefficient based on Fickian diffusion is applied to the dehydration of a Coober Pedy white play of colour (precious) opal using thermogravimetric analysis (TG). The model was originally applied to bulk and powdered opal (opal with no bulk). In this paper the opal was graded prior to TG analysis. The diffusion coefficient was calculated and is reported up to the critical point of water.
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