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EPSRC Reference: GR/M58276/01
Title: INTENSIVE AGGLOMERATION & MICROENCAPSULATION OF POWDERS
Principal Investigator: Akay, Professor G
Other Investigators:
Burbidge, Professor A Burbidge, Dr A Hounslow, Professor MJ
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Project Partners:
Haake (UK) Rosand Precision Ltd Syngenta
Department: Chemical Engineering & Advanced Material
Organisation: Newcastle University
Scheme: Standard Research (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 18 November 1999 Ends: 17 April 2003 Value (£): 197,759
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Complex fluids & soft solids
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Manufacturing Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology
No relevance to Underpinning Sectors
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Agglomeration and encapsulation of fine particles are encountered in several industrial processes such as pharmaceuticals, detergents, fertilisers and animal feed stocks. Currently available techniques have long residence time and have certain drawbacks as regards the raw materials and energy efficiency. The flow induced phase inversion (FIPI) agglomeration/microencapsulation is a novel and intensive process which does not require the use of solvents and agglomerate characteristics can be tailored through the proper selection of the process and material characteristics. Although the FIPI - based intensive processes are generic, no theoretical study is available. Therefore, a well characterised phase-inverter will be designed and constructed and its performance will be evaluated and modelled. It is likely that the process will create a novel process and novel product systems with well controlled attrition and release characteristics.
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