A compartment based population balance model for the prediction of steady and induction granule growth behavior in high shear wet granulation

Indu Muthancheri, Anik Chaturbedi, Angelique Bétard, Rohit Ramachandran

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Abstract

This paper presents a predictive modeling approach of the high shear wet granulation process, quantifying the difference between the steady and induction granule growth behavior. The spatial heterogeneity in liquid binder distribution and shear rate is simulated using a compartmental population balance model. The granulator is divided into two compartments based on particle motion, which consists of a circulation compartment, and an impeller compartment. In the circulation compartment, a viscous dissipation dependent coalescence kernel is adapted for the aggregation process. In the impeller compartment a shear rate dependent aggregation kernel is implemented. The model was calibrated and validated using the dynamic evolution of granule mean size (d50). The granulation dynamics are studied with respect to change in impeller speed, liquid to solid ratio, wet massing time, initial porosity, and binder viscosity. The transition from induction growth to steady growth regime with changing process conditions is demonstrated using the model. It is observed that the model captures the effect of process parameters and spatial heterogeneity on the dynamic evolution of d50.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2085-2096
Number of pages12
JournalAdvanced Powder Technology
Volume32
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials

Keywords

  • High shear wet granulation
  • Induction growth
  • Population balance model
  • Steady growth

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