Fine aluminum powder is widely used in making paints, printing inks, slurry explosives, pyrotechnic chemicals etc. Hence the production of aluminum powder is highly important. In this paper the effect of grinding aids on the grinding characteristics of aluminum in a vibration mill under an inert atmosphere of nitrogen has been investigated. It is found that the use of grinding aids is essential in grinding of atomized aluminum. Among four different grinding aids, stearic acid appears to be the best grinding aid. © 1983 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.