This study elucidates the effect of zinc (Zn), which is an anticorrosive water additive, on the formation of silica scales from cooling water. In these experiments, the silica scales were analyzed by EPMA, and the results indicate that Zn is sorbed into the silica scales during formation. Measurements of the solubility of Zn(OH)2 at various concentrations of silicic acid demonstrate that Zn is present as a silicato complex of Zn (SCZ) in cooling water. From adsorption experiments of the SCZ on silica and alumina, which are major components of the silica scales, it can be concluded that the SCZ accelerates the formation of silica scales from cooling water.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Surfaces, Coatings and Films
- Colloid and Surface Chemistry