flocculation floc·cu·la·tion (flŏk'yə-lā'shən) or floc·cu·lence (flŏk'yə-ləns)
The process of becoming flocculent.
Precipitation from solution in the form of fleecy masses.
|flocculation (flŏk'yə-lā'shən) Pronunciation Key
The process by which individual particles of clay aggregate into clotlike masses or precipitate into small lumps. Flocculation occurs as a result of a chemical reaction between the clay particles and another substance, usually salt water.
in physical chemistry, separation of solid particles from a liquid to form loose aggregations or soft flakes. These flocculates are easily disrupted, being held together only by a force analogous to the surface tension of a liquid. In industrial processes, flocculation may be a desired or an undesirable phenomenon, and various methods may be used to cause or eliminate flocculates. Formation of flocculates is important in the operation of water supplies and sewage systems.
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