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Experimental and theoretical study of a micro-fluidized bed

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Vladimir Zivkovic



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Large industrial scale fluidized beds (FBs) have been widely used because of their ability to greatly enhance mixing and both heat and mass transfer. This suggests that fluidized beds may offer a means of overcoming the poor mixing and transport characteristics of microfluidic devices where low Reynolds number flows prevail. We report experimental findings on liquid fluidization in microfluidic channels of 200-400 μm in size. Excellent fluidization is observed for various particles fluidized in ethanol where surface forces between the particles and the microfluidic channel are weak. In contrast, adhesion of the particles to the walls and subsequent de-fluidization is observed when water is used as the fluidizing medium. These findings demonstrate the importance of surface forces in micro-fluidized beds. We also find that conventional theories are able to explain the impact of surface forces on fluidization and, provided the effect of the walls on the particle packing and porosity is accounted for, the fluidization behaviour.

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Author(s): Zivkovic V, Kashani MN, Biggs MJ

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: 7th International Conference on Micromechanics of Granular Media: Powders and Grains 2013

Year of Conference: 2013

Pages: 93-96

Print publication date: 18/06/2013

Online publication date: 08/06/2013

Date deposited: 09/09/2014

Publisher: AIP Conference Proceedings


DOI: 10.1063/1.4811875

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ISBN: 9780735411661