Computational Approaches for Studying the Granular Dynamics of Continuous Blending Processes, 2 – Population Balance and Data-Based Methods

Macromolecular Materials and Engineering 2012

F. Boukouvala A. Dubey A. Vanarase R. Ramachandran F.J. Muzzio M.G. Ierapetritou

The application of computationally inexpensive modeling methods for a predictive study of powder mixing is discussed. A multidimensional population balance model is formulated to track the evolution of the distribution of a mixture of particle populations with respect to position and time. Integrating knowledge derived from a discrete element model, this method can be used to predict residence time distribution, mean and relative standard deviation of the API concentration in a continuous mixer. Low-order statistical models, including response surface methods, kriging, and high-dimensional model representations are also presented. Their efficiency for design optimization and process design space identification with respect to operating and design variables is illustrated.

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