Quantitative Characterization of Mixing of Dry Powders in V-Blenders

Dean Brone, Albert Alexander, Fernando Muzzio

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Abstract

Experiments were conducted to determine the effect of rotation rate, fill level, and total number of revolutions on the mixing performance of a V-blender. The experiments were performed using 66- μm red and green glass beads. Mixture uniformity was quantified after each experiment by infiltrating the mixtures with a binder, and using image analysis to examine slices of the solidified mixture. The mixing rate (as a function of total revolutions) was not affected by changing the rotation rate between 8 and 24 rpm. The mixing rate increased significantly as the fill percentage was decreased from 60 % to 40% of the total vessel volume. In a symmetric blender such as a V-blender, the rate of mixing is limited by the rate of mass transfer across the vessel plane of symmetry orthogonal to the axis of rotation, A one-parameter model based on the amount of material that crossed the plane of symmetry per revolution displayed good agreement with the experimental data.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)271-278
Number of pages8
JournalAIChE Journal
Volume44
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1998

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Brone, Dean ; Alexander, Albert ; Muzzio, Fernando. / Quantitative Characterization of Mixing of Dry Powders in V-Blenders. In: AIChE Journal. 1998 ; Vol. 44, No. 2. pp. 271-278.
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In: AIChE Journal, Vol. 44, No. 2, 01.01.1998, p. 271-278.

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