Particle and Bulk Solids Characterization Technology | AIChE

Particle and Bulk Solids Characterization Technology


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Given the wide range of technologies available today for powder and particle characterization, selecting the best option for an application is not easy. Join particle characterization and technology experts Remi Trottier and Karl Jacob to gain a solid understanding of the basics of particle and bulk solids characterization necessary to properly select instruments and validate data and a look at the latest commercially available technologies.

Applications, problem-solving and new technology

In two days, you’ll gain characterization and data interpretation skills you can use to better control particulates, particulate formulation, suspensions and dispersions. You’ll examine the basic concepts underlying particle and bulk solids characterization – from nanoscale to millimeters. You’ll discuss the measurement of bulk powder properties including specific surface area density/porosity/compressibility and powder flow fundamentals and testing. Plus, you’ll learn a general approach to solving particulate problems in your own plant. You’ll leave with knowledge of proper instrument selection, data validation and interpretation and other key concepts that will help you better understand and select proper technology.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Evaluate different instruments and select the proper ones.

  • Define particle and bulk solids characterization.

  • Measure bulk powder properties including porosity and compressibility.

  • Contrast Enemble and Fractionation methods.

  • Interpret particle size and bulk powder data.

  • Discuss method development and validation.

  • Specify an effective sampling program.

Who Should Attend:

Scientists and engineers with little or no knowledge of particle and bulk solids characterization technology – including:

  • Plant engineers
  • Project engineers
  • Project managers
  • Plan maintenance personnel
  • Engineering management

Day One

8:00 – 8:30 


8:30 – 9:00 

Introduction & Basic Concepts

9:00 – 10:00 


10:00 – 10:15 

Morning Break

10:15 – Noon 

Ensemble Methods

Noon – 1:00 

Lunch Break

1:00 – 3:00 

Fractionation Methods

3:00 – 3:15 

Afternoon Break

3:15 – 5:00 

Single Particle Counting Methods

Day Two

8:30 – 10:00 

Measurement of Bulk Powder Properties

  • Specific surface area, Density/Porosity/Compressibility
  • Powder Flow Fundamentals & Testing

10:00 – 10:15 

Morning Break

10:15 – Noon 

Method Development and Validation

Noon – 1:00 

Lunch Break

1:00 – 3:00 

General Approach to Particulate Problem Solving

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