Advanced Particle Technology Laboratory – APTLab
The laboratory activity is focused on several aspects of Particle Technology. We investigate the fundamental relationships between microscopic and macroscopic properties of particulate solids to solve handling and processing problems in the following areas:
- mechanics of granular solids (in hoppers and silos)
- powder flowability charactherization
- pharmaceutical and food powders processing
- mixing of solids and segregation phenomena
- size enlargement by wet agglomeration
- characterization of particulate solids (physical properties)
- multiphase phenomena (gas-solid flows, wet granular materials)
- wetting and re-dispersion of dehydrated food powders
Our approach is experimental and numerical (Finite Element Method, FEM, and Distinct Element Method, DEM simulations of particulate materials). The laboratory works with state-of-the-art facilities and shares expertise and facilities with other academic groups in order to tackle complex problems in particle technology.
S. Volpato, P. Canu, A.C. Santomaso
Simulation of free surface granular flows in tumblers (2017) Advanced Particle Technology, 28, 1028-1037.
P. Facco, A.C. Santomaso, M. Barolo
Artificial vision system for particle size characterization from bulk materials (2017) Chemical Engineering Science, 164, 246-257.
M. Marconati, A. Haiduc, S. Berrut, F. Mora, A.C. Santomaso, M. Cavinato
In-line characterization of ground oilseeds concentration in solid-liquid dispersions in the food industry (2017) LWT – Food Science and Technology, 77, 298-307.