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Project Objetives
The ultimate objective of the project Advance-FSP is to upscale to industrial use the production of nanoparticles by Flame Spray Pyrolysis, a very powerful and promising technology to synthesise in only one step an enormous diversity of advanced inorganic nanoparticles.

The fundamental problem in up-scaling the FSP technology from laboratory to industrial level is the fact that for larger productions an increase in feed rate and/or precursor concentration are required, both resulting in the formation of nanoparticles with bigger diameters.

The production line reactor will be carefully design, followed by the optimisation of operating parameters. Therefore, the project will take an approach based on subsequent incremental up-scaling processes, first to productions of 100g/h, second to 500 g/h and subsequently to 5 Kg/h, heavily relying on on-line measurements during FSP synthesis combined with computational Fluid Dynamics Simulations. 



Therefore, the main objectives of ADVANCE-FSP are:

1) Development of a Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) model suitable for FSP production rates between 100 g/h and 5 Kg/h but likely easy to extend even to higher production rates, which will correlate particle formation processes taking place in FSP reactors with the operating conditions being therefore an extremely valuable tool both for the design of FSP reactors as well as for the definition of the operation conditions to be set in industrial-scale FSP reactors guaranteeing that the nanoparticles produced in both cases, laboratory-scale and industrial-scale FSP nanoparticle production lines, will be the same regarding their nature and size.

2) Design and construction of a prototype industrial FSP nanoparticle production line suitable for continuous, trouble-free operation at a production rate of 5 Kg/h, operating in accordance with the industrial standards and capable to produce at industrial-scale level nanoparticles with the same characteristics as those obtained in the small FSP laboratory reactors currently used.

3) Validate the performance of the industrial FSP line built through the production in industrial operating conditions of 10 Kg of CeO2, 10 Kg of ZrO2, 20 Kg of CeO2/ZrO2 in different proportions, 5 Kg of Pd/CeO2/ZrO2 and 1.5 Kg of Pt/CeO2/ZrO2 meeting or surpassing the requirements set for catalyst applications and demonstrating as well their superiority against possible competitor products by the relevant techno-economic and environmental evaluation.
 
The project is funded by the seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7), the European Union main instrument for funding  research over the period 2007 to 2013.

Coordinator: Centro Tecnológico L´Urederra    Área Industrial "Perguita", Calle A nº1

31210 Los Arcos, Navarra (Spain)  info@advance-fsp.eu Tfno:  +34 948 64 03 18   Fax: +34 948 64 03 19
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