Abstract: The destruction of the crystal structure of kaolinite caused by mechanical forces was investigated by X-ray diffraction, thermal analysis, infrared spectroscopy, and specific surface area determination. Attention was also directed to the change of thermal reactions of milled kaolinite. Grinding experiments for 5 min, 10 min, and 1, 2, 4, 6, and 10 h were carried out in an AGO I planetary mill. After 1 h of grinding, the crystalline order of kaolin is destroyed; but the amorphization continues in the course of prolonged grinding. Grinding for 1 h produces a favorable state for forming mullite-type crystals after heating even at 1000°C.