Advanced Powder Technology, Vol.31, No.9, 4089-4094, 2020
Effects of discharging vibration conditions and coating structures on improving discharge particle flowability in a smaller particle admixing system
Particle flowability can be improved by admixing particles smaller than the original particles (main particles). However, the effects of coating structures on the improvement of flowability are not yet fully understood. In this study, we focused on vibrating discharge particle flowability and investigated the effect of discharging vibration conditions and coating structures on improving the flowability. Main and admixed particles of 60.8 mu m and 8 nm in diameter, respectively, were mixed in various mass ratios, and the discharge particle flow rates of the mixed particles were measured. Scanning electron microscopy and scanning probe microscopy images were used to analyze the coverage diameter, surface coverage ratio, and coverage height of the admixed particles on the main particle surfaces. As a result, the admixing mass ratio that gave maximum flowability was found to depend on the maximum value of the vibration acceleration. This could be explained by the relationship between the coating structures of admixed particles and the coated average surface distances due to the vibration acceleration. (C) 2020 The Society of Powder Technology Japan. Published by Elsevier B.V. and The Society of Powder Technology Japan.