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Author: Valverde Millán, José Manuel
Sánchez Quintanilla, Miguel Angel
Castellanos Mata, Antonio
Mills, Pierre
Date: 2001-05-01
Published in: Europhysics Letters, 54 (3), 329-334.
Document type: Article
Abstract: We investigate the settling of an initially fluidized bed of a fine cohesive powder. Experimental results on the sedimentation rate cannot be fitted by theoretical and empirical equations existing in the literature and derived for non-cohesive spheres. We extend these equations to account for the adhesion-induced aggregation of fine particles. The number of particles per aggregate N and the ratio of aggregate radius R to particle radius, a, have been chosen as fitting parameters. Results from two independent approaches are in very good agreement with the experimental data for approximately the same values of N and R. Pictures taken from the fluidized bed show that the average aggregate radius matches the predicted one.
Cite: Valverde Millán, J.M., Sánchez Quintanilla, M.A., Castellanos Mata, A. y Mills, P. (2001). The settling of fine cohesive powders. Europhysics Letters, 54 (3), 329-334.
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DOI: 10.1209/epl/i2001-00246-4

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