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Master of Engineering Science


Chemical and Biochemical Engineering


Dr. Jesse Zhu


The major challenge in Geldart group C fine particle fluidization is the cohesive nature of particle properties because of the strong interparticle forces. Nanoparticles as fluidization aids could improve fluidization behavior and reduce the phenomena of channeling and agglomeration. Fundamental studies on fine particle fluidization with nanoparticles were carried out with regard to pressure drop, bed expansion, and minimal fluidization velocity properties. These experiments provided a good base for multilevel analyses in particle size, particle density, nanoparticle concentration etc.