Conference Dates

May 1-5, 2011


Coupled DEM-CFD simulations were performed to study the fluid and particle dynamics of a fluidized bed granulator on the micro-scale. In a first study, wetting of the particles is estimated based on the residence time distribution inside a conical spray zone. The effect of the geometry of the apparatus on the homogeneity of wetting is analyzed in order to understand the performance and specificity of different granulator configurations. For a small simulation system, heat and mass transfer laws were resolved to calculate the moisture content of the individual particles An effective modelling tool for design of a fluidized bed spray granulator is obtained.