Rice flowability characterization using GranuFlow

Rice flowability characterization using

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The Granuflow is an semi-automated instrument which allows to rapidly determine with a high accuracy, the flow of a powder through holes of different diameters.
This instrument is able to give you in a few seconds, important information on the flow-ability of your material.

The Granuflow is equipped with a rotating plate pierced with 8 holes.
You can chose between two plates with different hole diameters (small : 2 to 20 mm and large 24 to 36 mm holes).

With the Granuflow, you are able, by using the rotating plate, to easily find the minimum hole, in order to reach the flow of your powder.
You can also determine the flow-ability of all your batches in order to control and to optimize your process or to simply compare your products during an innovation phase.

Also thanks to the Granuflow, you can make fast and large number of analysis with a
non-destructive test.

So, you are able to control your product at every time, after production, during the storage before the delivery to guarantee your customers high quality products.

Influence of the grain shape on the flowability : rice

For making this study, three kind of rices have been selected: Gallo Risotti, Bosto Thai and Bosto Wok.

For each kind of rice, we determine the major a and the minor b axis of the grain by using a classical office scanner and an image analysis software.
Elongation parameter (a/b) is then calculated from a and b axis.

Table 1 gives the main geometrical parameters of the different rices.
Hole diameter used in this study is 18 mm.

Table 1 : geometrical parameters of the studied rices

Figure 1 shows the evolution of the flow, in function of the elongation parameter for each rice.
Standard deviation has been calculated based on 5 experiments.

We can observe a strong correlation between the elongation parameter and the flow measured with the Granuflow instrument.
Flowability decreases with elongation parameter.

So, Gallo Risotti with a the highest spherical shape (a/b = 2.2) is characterized by the best flowability.

The Granuflow can be used to easily determine the flowability of the different rice and also to classify the different samples.

Figure 1 : flow in function of the elongation parameter for different rices


Influence of the grain size on the flowability: silica beads

In this study, 4 samples of silica beads have been used.
Silica beads can be used in various applications and especially for polishing and abrasion.

Table 1 shows the size of the particles of the
analyzed beads.

Samples have been analyzed with the Granuflow at two different hole diameters:
4 and 8 mm.

Table 1 : particle size for silica beads (µm) : 75-150, 150-250, 250-425, 425-850

figure : flow (m/s) vs particle size (mesh) : 4mm diameter and 8mm diameter

figure : flow (m/S) vs hole diameter (mm) : spherical lactose and inhalation lactose

microscopical images of inhalation lactose and spherical lactose