Nano ´03 October 21st -23rd, 2003 Faculty of Mechanical Engineering VUT, Brno, Czech Republic. Discrete. Mechanical Forces. Host. +. Continuous. Guest. Powder Flowability Improvement using Nanoparticle Surface Modification. A leš Slíva a* , Jiří Zegzulka and Jaromír Polák
Nano ´03October 21st -23rd, 2003Faculty of Mechanical Engineering VUT, Brno, Czech Republic
GuestPowder Flowability Improvement using Nanoparticle Surface Modification
Aleš Slíva a*, Jiří Zegzulka and Jaromír Polák
aVŠB-Technical University of Ostrava, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Institute of Transportation, Laboratory of Bulk Materials
17. Listopadu 15, CZ 708 33 OSTRAVA-PORUBA
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Essential property in a transport process of a particulate material is flowability in vessels, bunkers, and silos. The flowability as a property influences the creation of falls, such an arching, piping, ratholing in a storage transport system. Elimination of the phenomena, for example by using air pumps and vibrators for existing storage system, is mechanically very ineffective and time consuming. However, coating a small amount of additive, and thereby decreasing the angle of internal friction, is one way of improvement flow properties of storage particulate materials. Although flow property improvement of a particulate material is achieved, issues such as the applicability for food industry and quantifying how much coating batch is necessary for optimal storage of transport conditions still remain.
Dry Particle Coating
Dry Particle coating is accomplished by any process that allows for mechanically fixing fine particles (guests) onto the surface of relatively larger particles (hosts).
Operating parameters and properties for MAIC
Flowability investigated on Jenike Powder Tester
Jenike Shear Measurement (JSM) was developed to attain behavior of particulate solids. Although, a lot of usably results and resolutions of a storage conditions have been achieved, there are still problem with repeatability of measurement to ensure its accuracy. Moreover, a lot of research centers and laboratories even utilize results received by JSM and thus interpretation of errors accepted by JSM analyses help us to understand of particle solids behavior.
Angle of Repose (AOR)
The angle of repose (AOR) is a commonly used index for flowability hence, it is used to evaluate the coating effectiveness in terms of improving flow properties.
Angle of Repose measurement on Hosokawa Micron Powder Characteristics Tester (HMPCT)
The Powder Characteristics Tester, Model PT-N, is a single instrument which provides seven mechanical measurements and three supporting measurements of dry bulk powders. It complies with Standard Test Method ASTM D6393-99 “Bulk Solids Characterization by CARR Indices”. It has been developed to improve handling, efficiency, and accuracy in testing the bulk properties of dry powders.
The primary functions of the PT-N device are to provide measurements in a single convenient unit, to provide an additional basis of data for quality control of powdered products, and to provide numerical evaluations of flowability and floodability of powders.
Flowability parametric values received by Jenike Powder Tester Measurement
Angle of Repose of uncoatedcornstarch measured by HMPCT
Angle of Repose of MAICoated cornstarch by 1% fumed silica measured by HMPCT
Flowability of coated and uncoated samples measured on FT3 Flowmeter
Magnetically Assisted Impaction Coating
Results of HMPCT showing Flowability Improvement
The FT3 Powder Rheometer provides a totally innovative approach to powder testing by measuring the energies needed to establish specific flow conditions. The technique offers several benefits that are new and which in combination, make it possible to classify powder in terms of their flowability performance and their processability.
Use magnetic barium ferrite particles to “fluidize” or agitate host and guest powders, thus including “soft” coating by powder impaction.
Energy consumed during agitator traverse revealing incline to consolidation
Energy consumed during agitator traverse by its various speed;measurement repeatability
Each magnetic particle is treated as a small magnetic dipole for the sake of simplicity. When this particle is subjected to an external oscillating magnetic field, the amount of actual magnetization will change and there will be a hysteresis effect. However, for the sake of simplicity it is assumed that these particle has a constant magnetic dipole moment, Then the torque Text , existing on a magnetic particle due to the external field is given by
Angle of Repose (AOR) measurement using Rotating Drum
While the angle of repose by motion Qm is clearly a fundamental property of particulate materials and evidently reflect a critical phenomenon, things are not so clear when it comes to the angle of repose by quiet Qr after the system has relax. Even for large-sized piles, the angle of repose is generally affected by the fact the flowing sheet has to come to a stop at the bottom of the drum.
where m is magnetic dipole moment of the particle, and Bexternalis the magnetic flux density of the external field.
The Bexternalis given by
where m0 is the permeability, N is the number of turns per meter in the coil, given by I=I sin(wt) , and is the unit vector in the direction of solenoid axis. This dipole-dipole induced flux density, is given by
The parameters characterize of the powder flowability
where the vector r is the position where the field is computed with respect to the coordinate system and m is the magnetic dipole moment. Due to this field, in addition to generating a net torque, there is also a net magnetic force F , acting on a magnetic particle in consequence of the combined magnetc flux, B is
and the net torque, T on a particle is
where B is the total magnetic flux density, which includes the external field. A simple equation for the rotational motion of a particle is
Profile of the free surface of a pile in a slowly rotating drum (W=60 RPM )