Sunday, May 17, 2009

Movement of Different-Shaped Particles in a Pan-Coating Device Using Novel Video-Imaging Techniques

The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of particle shape on the movement of particles in a pan-coating device using novel video-imaging techniques. An area scan CCD camera was installed inside a 24-in pan coater at the same location as that of a spray nozzle, and the movement of particles was tracked using machine vision. A white tracer particle was introduced inside a bed of black-coated particles. The effects of pan loading, pan speed, and particle shape on the movement of particles was studied. The response variables were circulation time, surface time, projected area of particle per pass, dynamic angle of repose, cascading velocity, and dispersion coefficient. Experiments were conducted at 3 different pan speeds, 6, 9, and 12 rpm, and 2 fill levels (ratio of bed depth to pan diameter), one eighth and one quarter, and data were collected over a 30-minute time period

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