Fluidization Technology: Fundamentals and Applications in Drying, Coating, Granulation and Agglomeration


Fluidization technology has a tremendous economic importance in process engineering and is used for a wide range of physical and chemical processes like particle formulation, classification, drying, adsorption, heating and cooling of solids, combustion, pyrolysis, carbonization, gasification, calcination or gas-solid reactions.

In this course we focus on the drying as well as on the spray granulation, coating and agglomeration in fluidized beds. The particle formulation processes play an important role in the manufacturing of powder granules from liquid educts in the food, fine chemicals, biotechnological and pharmaceutical industries as dust-free and free-flowing particles with improved particle properties, like a defined particle size distribution, porosity or desired mechanical strength, can be produced in a process with intensive heat and mass transfer conditions and good solids mixing.

This course highlights the fundamentals and applications of various types and different scales of fluidized bed processes for drying, coating, granulation and agglomeration of particles with practical hints and extensive calculation examples. The focus is on fluid mechanics, mixing, heat and mass transfer and particle formulation mechanisms. Furthermore, actual applications as well as modern computational tools and measuring techniques are presented.

The knowledge transfer is supported by different experts from industry, who will present procedures and approaches used in plant construction and optimization, in operation of processes for chemical, food and pharmaceutical industry as well as novel measuring techniques. The hands-on trainings, demonstrations and tutorials offered during practical sessions will strengthen the learning experience.

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Target Audience

The course is designed for people from various backgrounds (engineers, chemists, food and pharmaceutical technologists) and with different levels of experience, who need to understand the fundamentals of applications of modern and efficient fluidized bed processes. The course language is English.

Course Content
  • Introduction to fluid-mechanical principles
  • Local fluid mechanics
  • Methods for the characterization of fluidized beds
  • Heat transfer in fluidized beds
  • Mass transfer in fluidized beds
  • Fundamentals of granulation and agglomeration
  • Fluidized bed spray granulation
  • Flowsheet simulation of complex solids processes
  • Hands-on trainings and demonstrations

From the Hamburg University of Technology:

  • Prof. Stefan Heinrich
  • Dr.-Ing. Swantje Pietsch-Braune
  • Vasyl Skorych, M.Sc.

From the Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg:

  • Prof. Evangelos Tsotsas

From the Princeton University (USA):

  • Prof. Sankaran Sundaresan

External Speaker:

  • Prof. Mirko Peglow, Pergande Group, Weißandt-Gölzau, Germany
  • Dr.-Ing. Lennard Fries, Nestlé R&D China Ltd., Beijing, China
  • Dr.-Ing. Michael Jacob, Glatt Ingenieurtechnik GmbH, Weimar, Germany
  • Dr.-Ing. Sören Lehmann, Glatt Pharmaceutical Service GmbH & Co. KG, Weimar, Germany
  • Prof. Frank Kleine Jäger, BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany
  • Dr.-Ing. Paul Kieckhefen, BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany

Start: Monday, November 4th, 2024, 11:00 a.m.
End: Thursday, November 7th, 2024, 3:00 p.m.

Venue (for on-site participants):

Hamburg University of Technology
Institute of Solids Process Engineering and Particle Technology (SPE)
Denickestraße 15
21073 Hamburg

Information for online participants:

The online version of the course will be transferred via the conference tool Zoom. The access data (link, personal password) to the webinar will be sent to you by email in good time before the start of the course.

Contact & Registration:

Ms. Bettina Bartels
Mail: spe(at)tuhh(dot)de
Phone: +49 40 428 78-3239


1800 Euro (plus VAT if applicable)

1300 Euro per person (plus VAT if applicable) in case of two or more simultaneous registrations from the same company

1150 Euro for PhD students (plus VAT if applicable)

The participation fee includes extensive course-ware (lecture and practical course material which will be sent via post before the course). The course fee can be transferred after official confirmation of participation. Cancellations until October 25th, 2024 are free of charge. Thereafter no refunding is possible, however, another participant can be denominated.