Discrete element modelling of fluidised bed spray granulation

M.J.V. Goldschmidt, G.G.C. Weijers, R. Boerefijn, J.A.M. Kuipers

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    A novel discrete element spray granulation model capturing the key features of fluidised bed hydrodynamics, liquid¿solid contacting and agglomeration is presented. The model computes the motion of every individual particle and droplet in the system, considering the gas phase as a continuum. Microscale processes such as particle¿particle collisions, droplet¿particle coalescence and agglomeration are directly taken into account by simple closure models. Simulations of the hydrodynamic behaviour of a batch granulation process are presented to demonstrate the potential of the model for creating insight into the influence of several key process conditions such as fluidisation velocity, spray rate and spray pattern on powder product characteristics.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)39-45
    Number of pages6
    JournalPowder technology
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2003
    Event4th World Congress on Particle Technology, WCPT 2002 - Sydney, Australia
    Duration: 21 Jul 200225 Jul 2002
    Conference number: 4


    • Fluidised bed
    • Agglomeration
    • Granulation


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