Conference Dates

May 1-5, 2011


In this work, a new approach for increasing and controlling inter-particle forces (IPFs) was applied. This method used a spherical inert particle coated with a polymer material having a low glass transition temperature. Since IPFs depend on the temperature of the coated particles, they can be easily controlled by the temperature of the inlet air. For this reason, the temperature of the system was varied uniformly near the glass transition temperature of the polymer, between 20 – 40oC, to investigate the effect of IPFs on fluidization behavior at low and high gas velocities