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Advances in Materials Science and Engineering
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 519846, 7 pages
Research Article

A Comparative Analysis of the Flow Properties between Two Alumina-Based Dry Powders

Chemical Engineering Department, Federal University of São Carlos, 13565-905 São Carlos, SP, Brazil

Received 17 June 2013; Revised 5 October 2013; Accepted 19 October 2013

Academic Editor: Dachamir Hotza

Copyright © 2013 Milene Minniti de Campos and Maria do Carmo Ferreira. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


We measured and compared the flow properties of two alumina-based powders. The alumina powder (AP) is irregularly shaped and has a smooth surface and moisture content of 0.16% (d.b.), and the ceramic powder (CP), obtained after atomization in a spray dryer, is spherical and has a rough surface and moisture content of 1.07%. We measured the Hausner ratio (HR), the static angle of repose (AoR), the flow index (FI), the angle of internal friction, and the wall's friction angle. The properties measured using aerated techniques (AoR and HR) demonstrated that AP presents true cohesiveness (and therefore a difficult flow), while CP presents some cohesiveness and its flow might be classified as half way between difficult and easy flow. Their FI values, which were obtained using a nonaerated technique, enable us to classify the alumina as cohesive and the ceramic powder as an easy-flow powder. The large mean diameter and morphological characteristics of CP reduce interparticle forces and improve flowability, in spite of the higher moisture content of their granules. The angles of internal friction and of wall friction were not significantly different when comparing the two powders.