Flow properties of fine powders in powder coating

Qing Huang, Hui Zhang, Jesse Zhu

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Three types of nanoparticles and their combinations were blended into a fine powder, which has been used in the powder coating industry. To study their effects on flow properties, the modified powder samples were characterized using a variety of techniques that tested the powder under different powder states ranging from dynamic to static. It was found that all three nanoparticles improved the flow properties of the powder to some degree, though the amounts of the nanoparticles needed were different depending on their physical properties. Secondly, inconsistency among these powder characterization techniques was also found. This is attributed to the different states of the powder samples during a measurement including dynamic, dynamic-static and static states. It was confirmed that characterization techniques which test the flow properties of a powder under all three states are needed to fully describe the flow properties of the powder. Finally, the effects of combinations of nanoparticles were explored, and it was found that combinations of nanoparticles can intensify, weaken or combine the effects of their component nanoparticles. The effects of nanoparticle combinations are not a simple summation of the effects of their component nanoparticles.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-27
Number of pages9
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Fine powders
  • Flow property
  • Flow property characterization
  • Nanoparticle
  • Powder coating

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering (all)
  • Materials Science (all)


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