(249c) A Semi-Theoretical Model for Simulating the Temporal Evolution of Moisture-Temperature during Industrial Fluidized Bed Granulation

He, X., Boehringer Ingelheim
Tseng, Y. C., Boehringer Ingelheim
Kucuk, G., Boehringer Ingelheim
Maus, M., Boehringer Ingelheim Pharma GmbH & Co. KG
Schröder, D., Boehringer Ingelheim
Rajniak, P., Slovak University of Technology
Bilgili, E., New Jersey Institute of Technology
Moisture plays a major role in determining the attributes of granules prepared by fluidized bed granulation (FBG). In this talk, we are presenting a semi-theoretical droplet-based evaporation rate model that was developed and incorporated into moisture mass-enthalpy balances to simulate the temporal evolution of bed moisture-temperature. Experimental data from a GPCG30 unit were used to fit the model parameters. With only two fitting parameters, the model demonstrated very good capability to describe the moisture-temperature evolution for a wide range of operating conditions. Then, in a global process model (GPM) approach, the evaporation parameters were fitted to multi-linear functions of inlet air temperature, binder concentration, and spray rate. The GPM was validated successfully by simulating a different data set which was not used in its calibration. As the GPM demonstrated a good predictive capability, it was further used to investigate the impacts of process parameters. Numerical simulations suggest that the proposed GPM predicts the experimentally well-established trends of moisture-temperature profiles in previously published data, proving the applicability of the GPM approach. This study has demonstrated the capabilities of simple process models as a practical approach to predict time-wise evolution of bed moisture-temperature profiles in industrial FBG modeling, while also pointing out their limitations.