2017 AIChE Annual Meeting - PTF Workshop

Past workshop

World of Particle Technology

  • 2017 AIChE Annual Student Conference
  • Saturday, October 28, 2017: 11:45 AM – 12:30 PM
  • Minneapolis Convention Center, 101 F/G/H

The World of Particle Technology Shared with Future Engineers and Scientists— AIChE Particle Technology Forum Student Workshop Presenters:

  • Mayank Kashyap (SABIC)
  • S.B. Reddy Karri (PSRI)
  • Ben Freireich (PSRI)

As part of the mission of AIChE PTF, we have been proudly serving the particle technology community by introducing the field to students, young engineers and scientists, and raising awareness about its importance and relevance to the modern Chemical Process Industry.

Continuing the tradition of organizing workshops for students at the AIChE Annual Student Conferences over the years, PTF will be bringing the world of particle technology into the lives of future engineers and scientists once again this year in Minneapolis, MN. The hugely successful workshops provided by PTF in the past few years had witnessed over 500 students and professors in attendance on each occasion. We expect to raise the bar even higher this year with a greater response from participants. We encourage undergraduate and graduate students to participate in the following fun-filled and educational session that will include exciting presentations and live demonstrations from some of the well-renowned researchers in the field of particle technology.

Part I:

More than 80% of your gasoline, 70% of your polyolefins and a plethora of other products are made using fluidized bed technology. From gasification to drying, fluidized beds and circulating fluidized beds provide the distinct advantage of high heat transfer and solids mobility. These features have resulted in several breakthrough technologies with better temperature control and the ability to move solids from a reduction to an oxidation environment. This workshop will focus on some of these breakthrough technologies.

Part II:

Billions of pounds of bulk solids are processed and handled every year by the US process industries, yet most chemical engineers are ill-equipped to deal with the complexities of the engineering science of solids processing/ particle technology. Hence, plants and products suffer with lost production, inability to achieve design production rates, off grade or off specification products, etc. During this session, we will take a look at the fun and exciting (and often counterintuitive!) world of solids processing. Specifically, we will look at some of the more common particlebased technologies examining both the important role they play in society today along with the associated technical challenges.

Demonstration of Particle Technology in Action:

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a video is worth a thousand pictures and a live demonstration is worth a thousand videos.

This session will also illustrate some of the awe-inspiring and unique features in the field of particle technology through hands-on demonstrations on fluidization, hopper design, segregation, etc.

The featured demonstration unit this year will include a mini-circulating fluidized bed (CFB) prototype comprising a riser, standpipe, and cyclone. The cold-flow mini-CFB is capable of fluidizing particles classified as Geldart groups A, B, C and D in various fluidization regimes, such as core-annular, bubbling, turbulent, transport regimes, etc.

Students are invited to stay through the lunch break for additional demonstrations. Please email Mayank Kashyap (mkashyap@sabic.com) if you have any questions.

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