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Controlling Particle Characteristics with Agglomeration

By Carrie Carlson and Chris Kozicki, FEECO International |

Solids-handling processes and downstream process steps can benefit greatly from carefully controlled particle characteristics. Presented here is guidance on how agitation agglomeration techniques can achieve desired particle properties Throughout the diverse sectors of the chemical process industries (CPI), the ability to control the particle characteristics of bulk solids is crucial. Controlling particle characteristics allows producers to manage product performance, ensure shelf life, regulate downstream processes and more. One technique that is especially useful in controlling particle characteristics is agglomeration (particle size enlargement), which converts powders and fines into granules. There are several different forms of agglomeration — some that utilize extreme pressure to form agglomerates, others that use heat, and so on. Agitation agglomeration utilizes motion, typically along with a liquid binder, to form granules. This technique is also sometimes referred to as wet granulation, pelletizing, or tumble-growth agglomeration. The flexible nature of the agitation agglomeration approach allows producers to achieve a specific set of desired particle characteristics. This article provides information on why controlling…
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