Particle Attrition Studies
Next-generation energy hardware and technologies such as Circulating Fluidized Beds (CFBs) and Chemical Looping Combustion (a process designed to clean and capture carbon from fossil fuel power plants), use aerated particles in chambers to enhance reactions. Unfortunately, the highly-dynamic collisional motion of the particles leads to a host of issues that degrade the reactions and combustion processes. The PFTL develops experiments and models to predict the attrition behavior of particles in CFB, as well as other dry or fluidized dynamic particle systems. This is with a focus on characterizing single particle behavior and particle attrition at the surface level.