Lapple, Charles E. Consultant, Fluid and Particle Technology, Air Pollution and Chemical Engineering, Los Altos, California.
Last reviewed:August 2019
- Functional attributes
- Processing and uses
- Particle size
- Particle concentration
- Particulate mechanics
- Related Primary Literature
- Additional Reading
Solids or liquids in a subdivided state. Because of this subdivision, particulates exhibit special characteristics which are negligible in the bulk material. Normally, particulates will exist only in the presence of another continuous phase, which may influence the properties of the particulates. A particulate may comprise several phases. Table 1 categorizes particulate systems and relates them to commonly recognized designations. Fine-particle technology deals with particulate systems in which the particulate phase is subject to change or motion. Particulate dispersions in solids have limited and specialized properties and are conventionally treated in disciplines other than fine-particle technology. See also: Alloy; Gel
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