Fluidization XV

Country: Canada

City: Quebec

Abstr. due: 15.10.2015

Dates: 22.05.16 — 26.05.16

Area Of Sciences: Physics and math; Chemistry;

Organizing comittee e-mail: ray.cocco@psrichicago.com

Organizers: ECI


Fluidization technology is applied transversally to diverse fields including catalysis, drying, heat transfer, spray drying, filtration, combustion and other non-catalytic reactions, pneumatic conveying, classification to name a few. This conference series has contributed to these breakthrough technologies particularly in promoting fundamental studies and developing a sound theoretical framework with which we discover and adapt novel applications.

The XV Fluidization Conference welcomes delegates from academia, industry and government who share the vocation to meet societal needs, reduce the environmental footprint of our processes, while at the same time forging new business models to meet the needs of the growing global population. To meet these challenges, we bring together experts in fields beyond fluidization and powder technology and include theoreticians in computational fluid dynamics (a transverse application), nano-processing and materials, catalysis, and biopharmaceuticals.

Our goal is to identify synergies that will inspire creativity and encourage young researchers to pursue careers in the field. In particular, Sessions on Encapsulation, Biomaterials and Fibers, and Composites are devoted to manufacturing or functionalizing materials.

Delegates from leading industrial multi-national corporations and top institutes will give plenary lectures outlining their views on industrial trends and challenges facing humanity.

Session Descriptions

    Chemical Looping Combustion (CLC)

Chemical Looping combustion is a feasible technology for the almost complete post-combustion CO2 separation in dual fluidized bed systems. However, the process is still under development for inadequate large scale experience.

We will welcome contributions related to CLC in particular on:

-          Scale up of CLC
-          CO2 capture and storage
-          H2 production
-          Coal combustion
-          Gasification coupled with CLC
-          Design of O2 carriers
-          Modelling
-          Core shell materials

    Clean Energy Processes

Clean energy processes target either the minimization of the energy required for a process or the efficient distribution of the energy in the whole system. Fluidized beds have established themselves as efficient power boilers and fluidized bed combustion (FBC) constitutes a proven technology for the co-generation of heat and power.

We will welcome contributions on the flowing subjects, not limited to fluidization:

-          Fluidized bed combustion (FBC)
-          Efficient energy use
-          Heat and power generation
-          Turbulence and mixing
-          Mass and heat transfer
-          Waste processing
-          Processes using green solvents
-          Renewable energy

    Lignin and Wood Products

The great potential of lignin as a feedstock to produce fuel and chemicals is well known. The pulp and paper industry generates several million tons of waste lignin every year. Nevertheless, only 2% of waste lignin serves to produce chemicals, including fuels.  Producing chemicals from lignin and lignocellulosic biomass is essential for the economic viability of the biorefinery industry.

We will welcome contributions on the conversion of wood products, in particular related to:

-          Conversion of lignin to fuels and chemicals
-          Thermochemical processes for lignocellulosic biomass conversion
-          Carbohydrates conversion
-          Liquid injection
-          Solid injection

    Coating Technologies and Fluidized Nanoparticles

Fluidized bed coating has countless applications in several industrial fields, including pharmaceutical, chemical, food and cosmetic. Agglomeration is common in the fluidization of ultrafine particles because of the strong cohesive forces. This affects properties such as flowability, attrition resistance and reactivity. Coating can improve the flowability of ultrafine particles.

We will welcome contribution related to the following fields of application:

-          Geldart C powders
-          Deposition of nano-sized particles
-          Agglomerate bubbling fluidization (ABF)
-          Catalytic processes
-          Spout fluidized beds
-          Multiphase flows
-          Computational fluid dynamic (CFD) modelling
-          Mathematical models
-          Air suspension coating and drying
-          Liquid injection

    Biomass to Chemicals

Biomass is a composite material that very often includes polymeric chains. Breaking down the polymers into monomers and preserving the oxygen functionalities is the approach towards the synthesis of chemicals from biomass. This approach is gaining increasing attention because of the higher added value of chemicals vs. fuel. Processes involving biomass are often limited by the mass transfer. Fluidized beds are ideal contactors that can help to overcome this and other limitations of the biomass transformation processes.

We will welcome contributions related to:

-          Liquid injection
-          Pyrolysis
-          Gasification
-          Catalysts design
-          Reactivity in fluidized beds
-          Waste biomass conversion

    Fluidization of Irregular Shape Particles

Experimental particles have all irregular shapes. They become rounded after hundreds of hours of operation. How do they fluidize and how does that affect the fluidized bed performance? How do they attrite?

We welcome contributions concerning:

-          Practical examples of fluidization of irregular shape particles, any application
-          Reactor design
-          Computational fluid dynamic (CFD) modelling
-          Mathematical models
-          Attrition mechanisms

    Micro-fluidized Bed Reactors

Micro-fluidized bed reactors are difficult to operate. Though, they offer several advantages such as intensification of mass and heat transfer, lower capital and operational costs. Moreover, micro-fluidized beds are a powerful tool to study reactive systems and hydrodynamic behavior of different types of particles.

This session will cover subjects such as:

-          Practical examples of micro-fluidized bed reactor, any application
-          Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modelling
-          Hydrodynamic modelling
-          Mathematical modelling
-          Heat and mass transfer modelling
-          Kinetic modelling

    8.     Encapsulation

Encapsulation and in particular micro-encapsulation provides a way of fabricating materials with tunable physico-chemical properties. The products of encapsulation are materials that combine one or multiple functionalities with improved mechanical properties. Fluid bed encapsulation process is an established technique in the pharma industry, either by wetting-drying cycles or continuous deposition.

In this session we will welcome contributions not necessarily related to fluidization and concerning in particular:

-          Core shell powders
-          Heterogeneous powders
-          Pharma products
-          Catalysts synthesis
-          Spray drying
-          Air suspension coating processes and drying

    9.     Biomaterials and Fibers

Processes involving biomaterials and fibers related to fluidized beds limit to the coating processes. How can we find additional synergies?

We will particularly welcome contributions extraneous to fluidization, such as:

-          Carbon fibers
-          Micro and nano-modified surfaces
-          Biofilms synthesis
-          Biofibers
-          Polymers synthesis and characterization
-          Time delivery systems
-          Engineered materials


Composites, in particular when they are fiber- reinforced, posses characteristics that are hard to find in traditional materials. Fluidized beds constitute a technique for both dry and wet impregnation to produce composites.

We welcome contributions belonging to fields that are distant from fluidization to find possible synergies:

-          Coating processes
-          Polymer-biomass composites
-          Ceramic composites
-          Metal composites
-          Reinforced plastics
-          Core-shell materials
-          Carbon nanotubes

    Thermal and Catalytic Cracking

Fluidized beds are utilized for the thermal cracking of heavy hydrocarbons, plastics and renewable feedstocks.

In this session we welcome contributions not necessarily related to fluidization and concerning in particular:

-          Fluid Catalytic Cracking (FCC)
-          Fluid and Flexi-Coking
-          Torrefaction
-          Slow Pyrolysis
-          Fast Pyrolysis
-          Catalytic Pyrolysis

    Polymerization Processes

Fluidized beds are used to produce industrial monomers and polymers:

We welcome contributions on the following topics:

-          Polyethylene and Polypropylene Reactors
-          Production of Monomers

Conference Web-Site: http://www.engconf.org/conferences/chemical-engineering/fluidization-xv/