267126 Pilot-Scale Flame Spray Aerosol Reactor for Manufacture of ZrO2 Nanoparticles

Tuesday, October 30, 2012: 1:45 PM
Conference A (Omni )
Arto J. Gröhn, Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering, ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland, Sotiris E. Pratsinis, Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering, ETH Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland and Karsten Wegner, Particle Technology Laboratory, ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland

Pilot-scale Flame Spray Aerosol Reactor for Manufacture of ZrO2 Nanoparticles


Arto J. Gröhn, Sotiris E. Pratsinis and Karsten Wegner

Particle Technology Laboratory, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich, Sonneggstrasse 3, CH-8092 Zurich, Switzerland.

Flame Spray Pyrolysis (FSP) aerosol reactors have high potential to be employed for industrial nanoparticle manufacture for their versatility and relatively low production costs (Strobel et al., 2007; Wegner, 2011). To date, extensive research has been carried out on these reactors at the laboratory scale and a plethora of single and multicomponent nanoparticles has been developed (Teoh et al., 2010).

In this work FSP operation at the pilot-scale with up to 2 kg/h zirconia production rate is investigated. Therefore, the effects of reactor geometry and operating conditions on product particle properties are studied experimentally. Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy, Phase-Doppler Anemometry and nanoparticle sampling in-situ the flame are employed for characterizing the temperature, velocity and species profiles of the flame reactor. The obtained results are used to determine optimized spray nozzle design. Finally, the potential of replacing oxygen dispersion gas by air and increasing the metal content of the starting raw materials for further reducing production costs in an industrial environment is explored.


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