Nano particle fluidisation in model 2-D and 3-D beds using high speed X-ray imaging and microtomography

Gundogdu Ö. , Jenneson P. M. , Tuzun U.

JOURNAL OF NANOPARTICLE RESEARCH, vol.9, no.2, pp.215-223, 2007 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 9 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s11051-006-9169-3
  • Page Numbers: pp.215-223


Nanoparticles and nanocomposites have become a major focus of interest in science and technology due to exceptional properties they provide. However, handling and processing of ultra-fine powders is very challenging because they are extremely cohesive. Fluidization is one of techniques available to process powders. It has become increasingly important to understand how these nanoparticles can be handled and processed to benefit from their favourable properties. A high spatial (down to 400 nm) and temporal resolution (down to 1 ms) X-ray imaging apparatus has been designed to study nanoparticles in fluidized beds under different gas flow velocities. The mean volume distribution of the nanoparticle agglomerates was determined with X-ray microtomography. The X-ray microtomography technique provides valuable in situ, non-destructive structural information on the morphological changes that take place during fluidisation of powder samples.