Parametric study of fine particle fluidization under mechanical vibration

Chunbao Xu, Jesse Zhu

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Investigations into the effects of vibration on fluidization of fine particles (4.8-216 μm average in size) show that the fluidization quality of fine particles can be enhanced under mechanical vibration, leading to larger bed pressure drops at low superficial gas velocities and lower values of u mf. The effectiveness of vibration on improving fluidization is strongly dependent on the properties (Geldart particle type, size-distribution and shape) of the primary particles used and the vibration parameters (frequency, amplitude and angle) applied. The possible roles of mechanical vibration in fine particle fluidization have been studied with respect to bed voidage, pressure drop, agglomeration, and tensile strength of particle bed. Vibration is found to significantly reduce both the average size and the segregation of agglomerates in the bed, thus improving the fluidization quality of cohesive particles. Also, vibration can dramatically reduce the tensile strength of the particle bed. Obviously, vibration is an effective means to overcome the interparticle forces of fine powders in fluidization and enhance their fluidization quality.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)135-144
Number of pages10
JournalPowder Technology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 16 Jan 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Fine particles
  • Fluidization
  • Fluidization quality
  • Mechanical vibration
  • Particle agglomeration
  • Particle shape
  • Tensile strength

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering (all)


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