- Start date: 13 January 2021
- End date: 15 January 2021
- Duration: 2.5 days
- Fees: £999
- Venue: Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, University of Leeds
Fluidised beds are widely used in industry due to their characteristic fluid like properties of good mixing and heat transfer. Applications of fluid beds range from combustion in power stations, catalytic reactors to the engineering of particles via methods such as low density agglomeration and encapsulation.
This new course focuses on the use of fluid beds in particle engineering area and covers:
the basic principles behind fluidisation
the importance of particle properties
the impact of bed design on the structure and optimal operation of fluid beds, both batch and continuous.
The course is grounded in practical experience gained across numerous industrial sectors by a range of speakers from academia, equipment manufacturers and end users. The scientific principles of fluid bed operation will be reinforced by a number of practical demonstrations which show the theory in practice.
Day 1. Basic Science and Understanding
introduction to fluid bed processing
benefit of mass transfer in the fluid bed
particle agglomeration in fluid beds
fluid atomisation in fluid beds – basic science mechanisms
use and characteristics of twin fluid nozzles in fluid beds
importance of powder material properties in fluid beds
These topics will be underlined with three different demonstrations.
Day 2. Applications and Case Studies
basics of fluid bed design
basic modelling for fluid bed processing
fluid bed drying – mechanistic modelling and scale-up
how liquids spread, coat or agglomerate in fluid bed processing
case studies of continuous and batch operation
powder morphology and powder performance – case study food 1: three-in-one coffee mix
particle engineering and characterisation of output particles
Three further practical demonstrations will take place on day two and the day will end with a discussion and problem solving forum.
Day 3. Applications and Case Studies continued plus New Developments and Innovations
- powder morphology and powder performance – case study food 2: thicken-up clear
case study on fluid bed granulation modelling and scale-up
case study on particle coating and controlled release
case study on combining spray drying with a fluid bed
innovation example 1 – academic – structured fluid beds: towards more responsive processes
instrumentation and control: sensors, soft sensors and control loops
innovation example 2 – industry – high gravity fluidized beds
Who should attend?
This course is suitable for you if you’re:
a R&D scientist working in industries such as pharmaceuticals, detergents, foods, agrochemicals or specialty chemicals and need a broad overview of the subject of fluid bed processing
a scientist or chemical engineer who would value a deeper understanding of how science can be applied to real fluid bed processing problems
a process technologist, plant manager, involved in R&D or a process technician who needs a thorough practical grounding in the subject of fluid bed processing and how it can influence the properties of the final product
a university researcher who requires a deeper insight into real industrial problems, unmet needs and potential new research themes.
Professor David York - University of Leeds
Dr Jim Bullock, Director, iFormulate Ltd
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Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences
University of Leeds
Detailed directions (including the exact location for the course registration and presentation room) will be sent out with the delegate joining instructions.
The nearest public car park is Woodhouse Lane (multi storey) at LS1 3HQ. The car park is open 24 hours. Charges apply (£6.00 up to twelve hours). Please click here for information and location details. Please note this car park is a fifteen minute walk to/ from our building and delegates should allow ample time to park and register for the course.
Car parking for visitors is unavailable at the University.
There is also limited on-street parking in the vicinity of the University.
You are responsible for your own accommodation, if required. A list of hotels close to the University will be sent with your course joining instructions.
Jenna King – Course Coordinator
CPD Conference and Events Unit
Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences
University of Leeds,
T: +44 (0)113 343 5746
This course is supported by iFormulate.