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Author: Espín Milla, Manuel Jesús
Valverde Millán, José Manuel
Sánchez Quintanilla, Miguel Angel
Castellanos Mata, Antonio
Department: Universidad de Sevilla. Departamento de Electrónica y Electromagnetismo
Universidad de Sevilla. Departamento de Física Aplicada II
Date: 2009
Published in: Physical review E. Statistical, nonlinear, and soft matter physics, 79, 1, 011304-1-011304-7
Document type: Article
Abstract: The electromechanical behavior of a gas-fluidized bed of insulating silica nanoparticles is investigated. When fluidized by gas, these nanoparticles form highly porous agglomerates of size of the order of hundreds of microns, which gives rise to a nonbubbling fluidization regime. Bed expansion is enhanced by an imposed alternating electric field for oscillation frequencies in the range between tens and hundreds of hertzs and field strengths of about 1 kVcm. Nanoparticle agglomerates are naturally charged and experience forced oscillations that cause an increase of the gas flow shear on their surface. As a consequence, the agglomerate size is expected to decrease, which can explain the observed behavior. A model based on the balance between attractive and flow shear forces is presented that accounts for agglomerate size reduction as the strength of the field is increased.
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DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevE.79.011304

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