Particulate Science and Technology, Vol.35, No.2, 183-191, 2017
Mixing characteristics of binary mixtures in a spout-fluid bed
Mixing characteristics of binary mixtures in a flat-bottom cylindrical spout-fluid bed using glass beads and air are reported in this work. Experiments were carried out to investigate the mixing characteristics for binary mixtures at three flow conditions, i.e., only spouting, only fluidization and spout-fluidization. The experiments were performed at different gas velocities, diameter ratios of binary mixtures and three different bed arrangements. Mixing index was determined for fluidized bed and static bed conditions. It was found that, in all cases, lowest-diameter ratio mixture gave good mixing index values. For all flow conditions, mixing index for large-small bed arrangement was increasing with time, whereas for small-large bed arrangement, the mixing index deteriorated with time. However, in both cases, the mixing index reached almost a constant value. For well-mixed bed arrangement and spout-fluidization flow condition, segregation and re-mixing were observed.