The operation of a powder mixer requires a knowledge not only of the mixing mechanisms but of the physical properties of the powders being mixed. Powder Mixing is unique in that it explores the relevant physics of the powder systems including characterization procedures and rheology, and contains an extensive review of different methods that have been employed to study the structure of mixtures. The techniques for achieving structured mixtures such as microencapsulation, and recent developments in deterministic chaos theory and fractal geometry as applied to the study of powder mixing systems, are reviewed. In particular, new techniques for studying the mixing powders based on avalanching theory and critically self-organized systems are studied. These are followed by a review of the wide range of different mixers commercially available and an extensive bibliography. Powder Mixing is an essential reference for all those interested in the basic science of powder mixing and the availability of industrial systems to achieve a mixture of different kinds. The main emphasis of the text is on working principles and operative systems, and is suitable for industrial workers, chemical engineers and students alike.
Wordfinder index. 1. Mixing technology. 2. Powder and powder mixture characterization technology. 3. Powder rheology. 4. Can ingredient modification expedite mixing strategies? 5. Monitoring mixers and mixtures. 6. The impact of chaos theory and experimental mathematics on powder mixing theory and practice. 7. Active mixing machines. 8. Passive powder mixing systems. 9. Turning powder mixtures into crumbs, pastes and slurries. Author index. Subject index.