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nitin bhardwaj Grade:

how many n where r the tetrahedral voids located in  hexagonal close packing

7 years ago

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Dear student,

The close packed structures have both octahedral and tetrahedral voids. In a ccp structure, there is 1 octahedral void in the centre of the body and 12 octahedral void on the edges. Each one of which is common to four other unit cells. Thus, in cubic close packed structure.


Octahedral voids in the centre of the cube =1


Effective number of octahedral voids located at the 12 edge of = 12 × 1/4 = 3 


Total number of octahedral voids = 4


In ccp structure, there are 8 tetrahedral voids. In close packed structure, there are eight spheres in the corners of the unit cell and each sphere is in contact with three groups giving rise to eight tetrahedral voids







Circles labelled T represent the centers of the tetrahedral interstices in the ccp arrangement of anions.  The unit cell "owns" 8 tetrahedral sites.


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Sagar Singh

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Circles labelled O represent centers of the octahedral interstices in the ccp arrangement of anions (fcc unit cell).  The cell "owns" 4 octahedral sites.


6 years ago
Kanwar Gaurav
33 Points

sir, i want to know clear diagrametically location of tetrahedral & octahedral voids in hcp structure??

6 years ago
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