Title: Sonofragmentation: Effect of Ultrasound Frequency and Power on Particle Breakage
Authors: Jordens, Jeroen ×
Appermont, Tessa
Gielen, Bjorn
Van Gerven, Tom
Braeken, Leen #
Issue Date: 9-Sep-2016
Publisher: American Chemical Society
Series Title: Crystal Growth & Design
Abstract: This paper investigates, for the first time, the breaking mechanism of particles exposed to implosions of stable and transient cavitation bubbles via Kapur function analysis. The effect of ultrasonic frequencies of 30–1140 kHz and powers of 4–200 W on particle breakage of paracetamol crystals was studied. The dominant cavitation bubble type was defined via sonoluminescence measurements. The breakage rate of seed crystals with a median size of 75 μm was found to be independent of the applied power when ultrasonically generated stable cavitation bubbles were generated. Furthermore, a particle size threshold of ca. 35 μm was observed. The particle size could not be reduced below this size regardless of the applied power or frequency. For transient bubbles, in contrast, higher powers lead to considerably smaller particles, with no threshold size within the investigated power range. The Kapur function analysis suggests that stable bubbles are more efficient than transient bubbles to break coarse particles with sizes above 40 μm. Finally, cumulative breakage functions were calculated, and it was observed that transient bubbles generate more abrasion than stable bubbles.
ISSN: 1528-7483
Publication status: accepted
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Sustainable Chemical Process Technology TC
Sustainable Chemical Process Technology TC, Technology Campus Diepenbeek
Process Engineering for Sustainable Systems Section
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