Journal article

Development of a method for determining the maximum van der Waals force to analyze dispersion and aggregation of particles in a suspension

K Kushimoto, S Ishihara, S Pinches, ML Sesso, SP Usher, GV Franks, J Kano

Advanced Powder Technology | Elsevier | Published : 2020


A new method for determining the maximum value of the van der Waals force, Fv,max, has been developed to analyze the dispersion and aggregation behavior of primary particles in a suspension. The simulation method considered the van der Waals force, the electrical double-layer force and the lubrication force as remote inter-primary-particle interaction forces. Distinct Element Method (DEM) was applied to tracking the motion of primary particles, and DEM was coupled with Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) by DEM-CFD coupling model to represent the motion in liquid. Aggregate size distributions (ASDs) were measured and simulated at different pHs and shear rates in order to determine the Fv,max ..

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Awarded by Japan Science and Technology Agency

Funding Acknowledgements

A part of this research was supported by Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), Adaptable and Seamless Technology transfer Program through Target-driven R&D (A-STEP) Industrial needs response type High Performance of Ceramics and Manufacturing Process [Grant number: JPMJTS1615].