- Agglomeration is the process of combing of finely dispersed particles into larger particles.
- Agglomeration is caused by a rearrangement of surface forces resulting from a change of environment.
- Agglomerates in the powder raw material, or those formed during the mixing process, are undesirable as they can lead to non-homogenous mixing of materials.
- For powders and bulk solids, agglomeration may be undesirable as it can lead to bridging, caking, or lumping.
- Agglomeration, using a controlled enlargement of particles can help improve powder properties and obtain high-quality products.
- Agglomeration is the opposite of comminution.
Mixing Expert Tips
Agglomerates in the raw material, or those formed during mixing can be disintegrated using high speed choppers or high speed intensifier bars.
Related terms: Granulation, Pelletisation, Comminution, Dispersion, Electrostatic Forces, Van der Walls’ Forces, Triboelectric Charge
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