Triboelectric charging of polyethylene

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Polyethylene particles of various sizes are present in industrial gas-dispersion reactors and downstream processing units. The contact of the particles with a device wall as well as the mutual particle collisions cause electrons on the particle surface to redistribute in the system. This, mostly undesirable, feature, known as triboelectric charging results in several operational problems and safety risks in industrial systems, for example in the fluidized-bed polymerization reactor.

We study the charging of polyethylene particles caused by the particle-particle interactions in gas. Our model employs the Discrete Element Method (DEM) describing the particle dynamics and incorporates the ‘Trapped Electron Approach’ as the physical basis for the considered charging mechanism.  The model predicts the particle charge distribution for systems with various particle size distributions and various levels of segregation.




Juraj Kosek
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University of Chemistry and Technology Prague
Department of Chemical Engineering
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Czech Republic

University of West Bohemia
New Technologies Research Centre (NTC)
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Czech Republic