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- Rona Chandrawati, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (J01)
Scale up of Rotary Calcination and Drying: Heat Transfer and Residence Time Distribution
About the Speaker
Benjamin Glasser received his BS (1989) and MS (1991) in Chemical Engineering from University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. He obtained his PhD, also in Chemical Engineering, from Princeton University, USA (1996). He then joined the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering at Rutgers University where he is currently a Professor. His honors include the Merck Excellence Faculty Development Award the Bristol-Myers Squibb Young Faculty Award, and the Rutgers University Scholar-Teacher Award for excellence in research and teaching. Professor Glasser serves as Director of the Catalyst Manufacturing Center and Director of the Pharmaceutical Engineering Program at Rutgers. His research interests include flow, segregation and heat transfer in granular materials, drying of particulates, the mechanics of fluidized beds, multiphase flows and reactors, and nonlinear dynamics of transport processes.
Rotary calcination and drying are widely used in the production of concrete, catalysts and other materials. Calcination and drying are known to be extremely energy intensive processes and calcination alone is estimated to consume around 3% of the world’s energy. An ongoing challenge is the scale-up of calcination and/or drying in rotating drums from the laboratory and pilot plant scales to the manufacturing scale. Developing such fundamental understanding of rotary calcination and drying can improve product quality and cut energy and material costs.