282307 Continuous Powder Mixing Monitoring Using Multiple Multivariate Models with NIR Spectroscopy Online

Wednesday, October 31, 2012: 9:45 AM
Frick (Omni )
Luis Obregon, Chemical Engineering, University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez, Mayaguez, PR and Leonel Quiñones, Chemical Engineering, University of Puerto Rico - Mayaguez Campus, Mayaguez, PR

NIR spectroscopic was used to get on-line spectra and obtain immediate results of API concentration at the output of a continuous powder mixer in order to assess the efficiency of the mixing. The results were compared with values obtained with ultraviolet spectrophotometer. Multiple Calibration curves were developed prior to continuous mixing experimentation with UV and NIR methods with blends ranging in API concentration from 0% to 100% (w/w). DmodX and Hotelling were the statistical functions used to identify the appropriate model online with an implementation of a control logic to perform the prediction with the best exactitude and precision with values around 2-5% and 1-3% w/w respectively depending on the value of concentration studied. The calibration models were generated taking into consideration the variability of the process working at different RPMs of the mixer and at different feed rates of the feeders and considering as well the powders properties mainly the powder cohesion variation in the mentioned range of API concentration. During the process of mixing three different step changes were applied to the feeders to obtain three different API concentrations in the range 0-30% to characterize the dynamic response of the continuous mixer. The results obtained by UV and NIR showed stable mixing at the different API concentrations and achieved a reasonable mixing with values of RSD lower than 6%. The error obtained with the NIR and UV increases when increasing the API concentration and it was attained to the increase in powder cohesion which made more difficult the process of mixing.  The parameters of the dynamic response were similar to those obtained theoretically.

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