World of Particle Technology

Chair(s):
Co-chair(s):
Karri, R., Particulate Solid Research, Inc.
Freireich, B., Particulate Solid Research, Inc.

More than 80% of gasoline, 70% of polyolefins and a plethora of other products are made using fluidized bed (FB) technology. From gasification to drying, FBs and circulating FBs provide the distinct advantage of high heat transfer and solids mobility. These features have resulted in several breakthrough technologies with better temperature control and the ability to move solids from a reduction to an oxidation environment. Billions of pounds of bulk solids are processed and handled every year by the US process industries, yet most chemical engineers are ill-equipped to deal with the complexities of engineering science of solids processing. Hence, plants and products suffer with lost production, inability to achieve design production rates, off grade or off specification products. During this session, we will take a look at the fun and exciting world of solids processing, specifically some of the more common particle-based technologies examining both the important role they play in society today along with the associated technical challenges. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a video is worth a thousand pictures and a live demonstration is worth a thousand videos. This session will illustrate some of the awe-inspiring and unique features in the field_of_particle_technology_through_hands-on_demonstrations_on_fluidization,hopperdesign,segregation,etc.