Computational study of the effect of processing parameters on the formation and growth of ZrO2 nanoparticles in FSP process

Torabmostaedi, Hosein and Zhang, Tao (2014) Computational study of the effect of processing parameters on the formation and growth of ZrO2 nanoparticles in FSP process. Chemical Engineering and Processing: Process Intensification, 78, pp. 1-10. ISSN (print) 0255-2701

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Abstract

Flame spray pyrolysis (FSP) offers a proven and inexpensive route for nanoparticle production. To date, the research on FSP made nanoparticles was focused mostly on the lab scale and medium scale production. Scale-up requirements for FSP process control need to be developed to define the operation window at industrial scale production rate. In this work, FSP synthesis of ZrO2 particles has been addressed from a process intensification perspective, since FSP characteristics perfectly fit into several fundamental process intensification aspects. The possible solutions for the precursor delivery system and the atomization quality at high precursor concentrations were investigated to intensify the production rate and reduce the cost of an additional solvent. The simulation results showed that the particle size could be controlled at near a constant (∼20 nm) while the production rate was intensified by a factor of 5. Finally, the potential of gas to liquid flow ratio (GLFR) and replacing oxygen dispersion gas by air for further reducing the particle size and the production cost were investigated. The simulation results can be used as a framework of PI in FSP process design at industrial scale production.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This work was supported by the European Community's Seventh Framework Programme under Grant no. CP-FP 228885-2.
Research Area: Chemical engineering
Mechanical, aeronautical and manufacturing engineering
Metallurgy and materials
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing > School of Mechanical and Automotive Engineering
Depositing User: Hosein Torabmostaedi
Date Deposited: 08 Apr 2014 09:53
Last Modified: 10 Nov 2014 13:59
URI: http://eprints.kingston.ac.uk/id/eprint/28164

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