Fluidized Bed Basics - The What, Why, and How
Speaker: Tyler Salisbury, Project Engineer at Hazen Research, Inc.
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Fluidized bed reactors and their general operating concept are more common than most people would think. There are a number of industries which use them to condition ore for metals extraction, refine materials for further processing, activating carbon, and cleaning up waste streams to name a few. At Hazen Research Inc. we have a number of different sized reactors which provide critical data when developing a process, experimenting with new feed sources, or trying a different method of processing. This presentation provides the general background into how a fluidized bed works, what components go into the system and what the equipment can look like, a few methods of operations, and some of the lessons learned from our operational experience.
Tyler received his BS in Metallurgical and Materials Science Engineering and MS in metallurgical and Minerals Processing Engineering from Montana Tech/the University of Montana in 2010 and 2011. In 2011 he joined Hazen Research Inc. and has 3.5 years of experience as a Process Engineer. Mr. Salisbury is responsible for managing, planning, installing, preparing, supervising, and reporting results for laboratory and pilot plant thermal processing projects. His experience with materials ranges from industrial minerals extraction to chemical processing to hazardous waste treatability; the equipment involved ranges in scale from small laboratory tube furnaces to 15-inch diameter fluid-bed pilot plants.