2019 Fluidization Technology: Fundamentals and Applications in Drying, Granulation and Agglomeration

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Fluidization technology has a tremendous economic importance and is used for a wide range of physical and chemical processes like 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 defined particle size distribution and desired mechanical strength can be produced in a process with favorable heat and mass transfer conditions and good solids mixing.

Additional advantages of this size-enlargement process are the possibilities to improve particle properties, like appearance, taste and odor or the protection from oxygen, humidity, light or incompatible active agents as well as the adjustment of the controlled release of active components (e.g. drug). 

This course highlights the fundamentals and applications of various 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. Practical process demonstrations in leading laboratories and tutorials will strengthen the acquired knowledge. 

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
  • Vacuum drying in fluidized beds
  • Fundamentals of granulation and agglomeration
  • Fluidized bed spray granulation
  • Flowsheet simulation of complex solids processes

From the Hamburg University of Technology:

  • Prof. Heinrich
  • Prof. Werther
  • Prof. Dosta
  • Dr.-Ing. Hartge

External Speakers:

  • Dr.-Ing. Jacob, Glatt Ingenieurtechnik GmbH, Germany
  • Dr.-Ing. Lennard Fries, Nestlé Research Center, Switzerland
  • Prof. Peglow, IPT-PERGANDE GmbH, Weißandt-Gölzau, Germany
  • Prof. Tsotsas, University of Magdeburg, Germany
Date :

Start: Monday, November 4th, 2019, 1:00 p.m.
End: Thursday, November 7th, 2019, 3:00 p.m.


TuTech Innovation GmbH
Harburger Schlossstrasse 6-12
21073 Hamburg


Dr.-Ing. Swantje Pietsch

Phone: +49 40 428 78-2143


1650 Euro

The participation fee includes extensive course-ware (lecture and practical course material), refreshments and dinner at the 3rd evening. The course fee can be transferred after official confirmation of participation. The course fee is tax free in Germany (§ 4 (22) UStG-MWSt.). Cancellations until October 24th, 2019 are free of charge. Thereafter no refunding is possible, however another participant can be denominated.

Recommended Accomodation:

Hotel Panorama

(15 min. walking distance) will guarantee room
reservations until October 24th, 2019.
Single room 94 Euro/night.
Keyword: University course Fluidization Technology

Tel.: +49 40-766 95-0