In this work, a series of epoxy acrylate (EA)/mica composite coatings were synthesized through introducing mica powders of different particle size into epoxy acrylate coatings and using an ultraviolet (UV) curing technique to investigate the influence of mica particle size on the coatings. Mica powders of different particle sizes were obtained by ball-milling for 4, 8, 12, 16, and 20 h with a planetary high-energy ball mill. The particle size and morphologies of ball-milled mica powders were characterized by laser particle size analyzer and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The results indicated that planetary ball-milling reduced the particle size of mica powders effectively. Mica powders that were un-ball-milled and ball-milled were added into the epoxy acrylate matrix by a blending method to synthesize the organic-inorganic UV curable coatings. The optical photographs of the coatings showed greater stability of liquid mixtures with smaller particle size fillers. The chemical structures of EA/mica composite coatings were investigated by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), and the conversion rate of C=C bonds was calculated. The results indicated that the C=C conversion of coatings with mica powders of smaller particle sizes was higher. Tests of mechanical properties and tests using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) showed that pencil hardness, impact resistance, and coating resistance were improved due to the reduction of mica powders particle size.
The addition of 4 wt% Zr to Ti52V12Cr36 alloy was carried out in two different ways: arc-melting or ball-milling. The cast alloy showed rapid hydrogen absorption up to 3.6 wt% of hydrogen capacity within 15 min. Ball milling this sample worsened the kinetics, and no hydrogen absorption was registered when milling was carried out for 30 or 60 min. When zirconium is added by ball-milling, the kinetic is slower than that when addition is by arc-melting. This is due to the fact that when added by milling, zirconium does not form a ternary phase with Ti, V, and Cr but instead is just dispersed on the particles’ surface.
The use of phosphogypsum to prepare phosphorus building gypsum (PBG) is of great value to the resource utilization of phosphogypsum. In this study, PBG was ball-milled to obtain phosphorus building gypsum with good performance, which can meet the requirements of the Chinese standards for first-class building gypsum. Meanwhile, the changes of net slurry physical properties, mechanical properties, and particle size parameters of PBG under different treatment times were analyzed. With the increase of ball milling time, the particle size of PBG decreased rapidly and then stabilized, and the specific surface area gradually increased and then started to rise back. Ball milling can significantly reduce the standard consistency water requirement of phosphogypsum, resulting in a shorter setting time and higher strength of phosphogypsum. In the fixed water consumption test, the effect of ball milling time on the performance of phosphogypsum was small. Compared with sieving, washing, aging, and other means of PBG treatment, ball milling has the advantages of simplicity, environmental protection, and low cost, and it has some practical significance in production.