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Fluid dynamics performance of phase change material particles in a Wurster spout-fluid bed

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Correia, Rui [1] ; Paulo, Bruna Barbon [2] ; Prata, Ana Silvia [2] ; Ferreira, Almerindo D. [1]
Total Authors: 4
[1] Univ Coimbra, Dept Mech Engn, ADAI LAETA, P-3030788 Coimbra - Portugal
[2] Univ Estadual Campinas, Sch Food Engn, Dept Food Engn, 80 Monteiro Lobato St, BR-13083862 Campinas - Brazil
Total Affiliations: 2
Document type: Journal article
Source: PARTICUOLOGY; v. 42, n. SI, p. 163-175, FEB 2019.
Web of Science Citations: 0

Spout-fluid-bed coating of solid-lipid materials, including some Phase Change Materials (PCMs), is a rarely used approach because of the probability of a phase change during the process. However, if mastered, this process could enable the commercialization of high-load PCM particles to develop new materials. An understanding of the thermal and fluid dynamics profiles inside a reactor can be used to establish optimized coating conditions, to avoid premature PCM melting and to maximize the drying rate. This research studies, through computational simulation, the behavior of particles and the experimental thermal profile inside a Wurster spout-fluid bed. A simplified model approach of momentum was simulated using OpenFOAM and carnauba wax particles as a PCM material. The simulation showed that appropriate flow conditions inside the Wurster tube must vary between 200 and 300 m(3)/h to ensure a better particle coating. The measured experimental thermal profile was uniform in the reactor and it was 5-10 degrees C lower than the set temperature. Thus, a maximum airflow at 70 degrees C that was used in the equipment is considered suitable for the further coating of PCM particles. The methodology proved useful for the preliminary identification of flow and temperature conditions in the spout-fluid process. (C) 2018 Chinese Society of Particuology and Institute of Process Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 15/11629-2 - Strategies for producing lipidic particles using fluidized bed
Grantee:Bruna Barbon Paulo
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Master