Fernando J. Muzzio

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Continuous powder mixing is an efficient alternative in high volume manufacturing of powder-based products. A new method is communicated in this paper to determine the effects of different operating conditions andmixer configurations onmixing performance. Themain idea of the proposedmethodology is the utilization of experimental residence time distribution(More)
Fluid mixing is a successful application of chaos. Theory anticipates the coexistence of order and disorder-symmetry and chaos-as well as self-similarity and multifractality arising from repeated stretching and folding. Experiments and computations, in turn, provide a point of confluence and a visual analog for chaotic behavior, multiplicative processes,(More)
In this paper, we examine the movement of particles within a continuous powder mixer using PEPT (Positron Emission Particle Tracking). The benefit of the approach is that the particle movement along the vessel can be measured non-invasively. The effect of impeller rotation rate, powder flow rate, and powder cohesion on the particle trajectory, dispersive(More)
Manufacturing of powder-based products is a focus of increasing research in the recent years. The main reason is the lack of predictive process models connecting process parameters and material properties to product quality attributes. Moreover, the trend towards continuous manufacturing for the production of multiple pharmaceutical products increases the(More)
A simple correlation method has been developed to predict effective diffusivities of small molecules in heterogeneous materials such as immobilized cell systems. This correlation uses a single diffusivity measurement at one cell volume fraction to predict diffusivities for any other volume fraction of cell. The method has been applied to 20 sets of(More)
Powder mixing has been the subject of substantial research due to its importance in a variety of industrial sectors, including pharmaceuticals, food, and polymer manufacturing. Although a number of different models have been proposed in the literature, most of them are either empirical or require computationally intensive calculations that make them(More)
The identification and graphical representation of process design space are critical in locating not only feasible but also optimum operating variable ranges and design configurations. In this work, the mapping of the design space of pharmaceutical processes is achieved using the ideas of process operability and flexibility under uncertainty. For this(More)
The roles of blender rotational speed and blender discharge on the homogeneity of free-flowing art sand and of a cohesive placebo formulation were investigated in the tote blender. For three practical operating speeds, 6, 10, and 14 RPM, spanning the entire range of commercial equipment, the homogeneity of the free-flowing mixture was independent of(More)
The Process Analytical Technology (PAT) initiative has encouraged the development of new technology to improve upon the current manufacturing paradigm. As a result substantial attention has recently focused on continuous processing due to the ability to control disturbances online, avoiding the loss of processing materials and enabling effective process(More)
a r t i c l e i n f o Keywords: Continuous powder mixing Statistical analysis ANOVA Homogeneity Residence time In this paper we examine the effect of rotation rate, mixing angle, and cohesion on the powder residence time and the content uniformity of the blend exiting from two continuous powder mixers. In addition, differences in mixing performance between(More)