Characterization of the breaking force of latex particle aggregates by micromanipulation

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  • Mechanical Engineering Department
  • University of Birmingham
  • American University of Beirut


The breaking force of single polystyrene latex aggregates has been measured by micromanipulation. Aggregates were made by mixing primary particles at their isoelectric point using a vortex mixer or Brownian motion. The aggregates made by the former method had a mean breaking force of 51±3 μN, whilst those by the latter had a mean breaking force of 5.3±0.5 μN for samples taken at aggregation times of 20 min to 6 h. This clearly demonstrates that the micromanipulation technique is suitable for characterizing the breaking force of particle aggregates made under different aggregation conditions, and that the way collisions of primary particles were created had a significant impact on the breaking force of the aggregates.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)278-283
Number of pages6
JournalParticle & Particle Systems Characterization
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1999