(207e) Viewing Crystallization from the World of Population Balances

Ramkrishna, D., Purdue University
Crystallization is one of the early applications of population balances in chemical engineering. Nucleation of new crystals followed by their growth along with breakage and agglomeration in an agitated suspension fit naturally into the population balance framework towards making predictions of the size distribution, a prime determinant of the product quality. This talk is a commentary on the historical evolution of how various features of this modeling tool engaged us in the pursuit of its application to solving crystallization problems.