Grain-growth kinetics of ferropericlase at high-pressure

Noriyoshi Tsujino, Yu Nishihara

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Grain-growth kinetics of (Mg0.85Fe0.15)O ferropericlase was investigated at pressures of 5 and 10 GPa and temperatures of 1673-1873 K using a Kawai-type multi-anvil apparatus. Presintered ferropericlase aggregate with an average grain size of 4.0 μm was used as starting material of grain-growth annealing experiments. The grain-growth kinetics of ferropericlase is described by Gn - G0n = k0 t exp [ - (E* + P V*) / R T ], where G is the average grain size at annealing time t, G0 the initial average grain size, P the pressure, R the gas constant and T is the absolute temperature, with n = 2.6 ± 0.4, log10 k0 = -7.5 ± 1.7 m2.6/s, E* = 262 ± 30 kJ/mol, V* = 4.7 ± 0.7 cm3/mol. Compared at same pressure and temperature, grain-growth rate of ferropericlase is similar to olivine and faster than those of wadsleyite and ringwoodite. The present results show that, at the top of the lower mantle (P = 25 GPa and T = 1773 K) grain size of ferropericlase in single phase system evolves to ∼2 × 10-2 m after significant geological time (10 My) while a previous study predicts that grain size of MgO in two-phase system is as small as ∼8 × 10-6 m at same condition.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)145-152
Number of pages8
JournalPhysics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors
Issue number1-4
Publication statusPublished - May 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Annealing
  • Ferropericlase
  • Grain growth
  • Grain size
  • High-pressure
  • Lower mantle

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Geophysics
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)
  • Space and Planetary Science


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