IbD - Case Study 1 Process Intensification applied at Metallic Powder


The case study aims at solving the classification task of the high-density particles produced by ball milling at MBN Nanomateralia. The particles are used in the production of wear-resistant thick coatings.

process intensification, solids handling, process design, digital platform


Brief description of PI technology chosen:

The chosen PI technology is the Elbow Air-Jet Classifier (hereafter, EJAC).  It can classify particles of different size and has the advantages of not using water, magnetic fields, heating, etc.

Intensified by Design® for the intensification of processes involving solids handling

The IbD Project has delivered the EU process industry with an affordable and comprehensive devices-and-processes design-platform endeavoured to facilitate process intensification (PI), which specially targets -but is not limited to- solid materials processing. Five PI industry case studies have been implemented in mining, ceramics, pharmaceutical, non-ferrous metals and chemical processes using the IbD approach and to validate the IbD methodologies, tools, PI modules, control and fouling remediation strategies and the ICT Platform itself for the industrial implementation of PI in processes involving solids. The Platform includes design modules for the commonest intensified reactors-Rotating fluidized beds, micro-structured reactor and spinning disk, among others, as well as a generic Module Builder -equipped with a set of both proprietary and third-parties design tools- for designs carried out on the basis of radically novel ideas. The IbD Platform output is basically a data set that comprises the intensified reactor design -ready to be built or assembled-, an optimised whole process design including the upstream/downstream intensified unit operations and their solids handling capability, as well as cleaning methods, etc. and the expected economic and environmental quantitative impacts.

Project website: http://ibd-project.eu/  This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and Innovation programme under grant agreement No 680565

Case study
Process Intensification - SPIRE05-2015