Karim Medles

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Identification of the optimal operating conditions and evaluation of their robustness are critical issues for the industrial application of electrostatic separation techniques. In spite of extensive investigations performed in recent years, no standard procedure is available for guiding the research of the set point and for minimizing the process(More)
Electrostatic separation is a generic term given to a significant class of technologies of industrial waste processing, widely used for the sorting of granular mixtures due to electric forces acting on particles whose average size is approximately 5mm. The focus of this paper is on three electrostatic processes of separation used for processing of different(More)
Tribocharged mixed granular materials are commonly separated in the electrostatic field generated between two vertical plate electrodes. However, the existing technologies are not appropriate in sorting coarse granules (size > 2 mm) in which the effect of gravity is stronger than the Coulomb forces. The aim of the experiments reported in this paper is to(More)
Tribocharging of pulverulent materials in compressed-air devices is a typical multifactorial process. Quantification of the effects of the factors and of their interactions is a prerequisite for the development of new tribocharging devices for industrial applications. This paper aims at demonstrating the interest of using the design of experiments(More)
The dual corona-electrostatic electrodes consist of one or several ionizing elements (wires, needles, and blades) attached to a metallic support. This paper analyzes the characteristic features of a particular type of such electrodes and formulates recommendations on their design and utilization. The experiments focused on several models of dual(More)
Plate-type electrostatic separators are commonly used for the selective sorting of conductive from nonconductive constituents of a granular mixture. This paper addresses the more delicate issue of granular materials that are characterized by finite nonzero resistivities. The study was conducted with three materials having similar granule size range and(More)
The triode electrode system is frequently employed for accurately controlling the corona charging of insulating materials. The primarily aim of this paper is to characterize this electrode system by current-voltage and current density distribution measurements. The electrostatic aspect of the electric field generated by the triode electrode system is also(More)
Mixed granular insulating materials can be electrostatically separated by tribocharging them in a fluidized bed affected by an electric field orthogonally oriented to the direction of the fluidization air. The aim of this paper is to optimize the operating conditions of a novel pilot-scale tribo-aero-electrostatic separator, i.e., maximize the total mass of(More)
This paper presents a comprehensive study of an electrostatic separation device for the recycling of granular plastic materials from waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE). The peculiarity of this system is the association of two charging techniques: (1) fluidized bed (dynamic charger) and (2) sliding on inclined plates (static charger)-and two(More)
The tribo-aero-electrostatic separator achieves the selective sorting of mixed granular insulating materials in a fluidized bed affected by an electric field orthogonally oriented to the direction of the fluidization air. The aim of the present paper is to optimize the design and the operation of such a separator, i.e. maximize the total mass of the(More)