Size distribution prediction of nanoparticle agglomerates in a fluidized bed

Conference Dates

May 22-27, 2016


Nanoparticles have acquired considerable attention from academia and industry due to their unique properties arising from the large surface area to volume ratio. A promising method to process these particles is fluidization. Furthermore, it is worth knowing that nanoparticles fluidize as clusters called agglomerates, formed by the relatively strong adhesion forces among the individual particles (1).

These agglomerates are large, highly porous fractal structures; thus, easy to access but extremely fragile. During fluidization, agglomerates move, collide, break, reform, deform, and combine, which make them suitable for a wide range of applications. Nanopowders can fluidize with bubbles or uniformly, which show different dynamics that might affect the morphology of the fluidized agglomerates. In order to better understand the dynamic behaviour of the system, it is crucial to know the agglomerate size distribution within the fluidized bed. Therefore, we developed a model based on a simple force balance to predict the agglomerate size distribution, which enables the optimization of processing methods.

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