Silicate phase equilibria
Stewart, David B. Experimental Geochemistry and Mineralogy Branch, U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior.
Last reviewed:December 2019
- Dynamic and static methods
- Establishment of equilibrium
- Diagrammatic representation
- Binary systems
- Ternary systems
- Isothermal sections
- Pseudobinary system
- Additional Reading
Silicate phase equilibria studies define the conditions of temperature, composition and pressure at which silicates can stably coexist. Silicate phase equilibria relations are used by geologists, ceramists and cement manufacturers to explain the variation of composition of silica-bearing minerals, as well as their number and order of appearance in rocks, slags, glasses and cements. Silicate phase equilibria relations are also useful to interpret the chemistry of refractories, boiler scale deposits and welding fluxes.
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