Chapter 1

Introduction

Abstract

Particle technology is the study of discrete elements—usually solid particles—the way in which they behave in isolation and the way in which they interact to produce a collective effect. The ultimate goal of particle technology is to obtain predictive relationships between individual particle properties and their collective behavior (i.e., behavior in bulk), which can then be used to design formulations, processes, and particulate products. This introductory chapter gives a philosophical overview of the development and applications of particle technology.

Keywords

Collective behavior; Discrete element; Particle technology; Particulate products; Predictive relationship
 
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