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Experimental investigation on the effect of melt delivery tube position on liquid metal atomization
Prashanth W.S., Thotarath S.L., Supriya Sarkar, ,
Published in Elsevier B.V.
Volume: 32
Issue: 3
Pages: 693 - 701
Metal powders are often made by gas atomization of liquid metal. During the process, liquid metal which flows from a melt delivery tube (MDT) is atomized by high speed gas discharging from a gas nozzle. In this work, the effect of the melt delivery tube position on atomization outcomes such as the yield, mass median diameter, and spread of the particle size distribution, is studied experimentally. A melt atomization setup (pilot-scale) is used to produce tin powder by gas-atomization. Three MDT positions, namely, intruded, extruded and flush with respect to the gas nozzle, are chosen for this study. Three pressure regimes (atmospheric, aspiration and pressurization) are established by varying the relative distance between the MDT and the gas nozzle exit for the three positions. Experimental investigations revealed that the intruded position produces powder with lower mean particle sizes and lower spread than the extruded configuration. The intruded position also gives a significantly higher yield compared to the extruded and flush positions at low gas flow rates, and hence appears to be the most suited for metal atomization using a free-fall configuration. © 2021 The Society of Powder Technology Japan
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