Simulating the Powder Properties of a 3D Roll Compactor

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Powder roll compaction is a processing technique used in many industries to compress a fine powder into larger granules. The larger particles are generally easier to process than the fine powder, but their density and size must be consistent.

Researchers at Purdue University have developed models for Abaqus, a software suite for finite element analysis and computer-aided engineering, which simulate the powder properties of a 3D roll compactor. The models predict the roll force, roll torque, and roller-compacted ribbon density distribution. Better simulations allow for control over the uniform density of the granulated powder.

-Increases uniform density of granulated powder
-Predicts the roll force, torque, and compacted ribbon density distribution

Potential Applications:
-Drug production
-Food processing
Sep 6, 2012
United States
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