PARTICULATE SYSTEMS: CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES
Dr. Brij M. Moudgil
Department of Materials Science and Engineering, and
Engineering Research Center for Particle Science and Technology
University of Florida
Friday, June 21, 1996, 3:00 p.m.
Ben Bandy Conference Room
Center for Applied Energy Research
Particulate systems impact more than a trillion dollars worth of US industrial output annually in industries such as chemical, advanced materials, microelectronics, coatings, minerals, pharmaceutical, food processing, paper and pulp technology, agriculture, and construction. In order to meet the global market challenges, manufacturing processes are moving towards automation and process control for consistent product quality, and cost advantage.
However, automation and control of processes involving particulate (multi phase) systems are not only complex; the information required to implement such schemes, e.g. on-line analysis, reliable process monitoring, and predictive models have yet to be developed. In addition, the lack of adequately trained professionals has been identified as a key impediment to develop efficient and cost competitive manufacturing systems.
The National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center for Particle Science and Technology at the University of Florida was established to assist existing and emerging industries in overcoming major technical barriers to future product/process development. Multi disciplinary research efforts with an engineering systems focus, and education programs to produce the new breed of engineers and scientists with a strong background in particle science and technology are underway at the ERC. An overview of the challenges and opportunities in particulate systems, and ERC's efforts to integrate education, research, and the marketplace will be presented.