The effect of temperature on the fluidization of silver powders



Fluidization tests on pure silver and silver catalyst powder show that agglomeration occurs when the bed is heated, which finally results in bed collapse at a comparatively low temperature. If the bed temperature is held constant in the agglomerating temperature range, an induction period is observed before fluidization ceases. A study of the induction period as a function of temperature (10–60°C.) leads to an activation energy of 18 kcal. for the overall agglomeration process for pure silver. Agglomeration is believed to be due to sintering.