O efeito antiaglomerante: As sílicas da Evonik melhoram a estabilidade dos pós ao armazenamento e evitam a formação de grumos
A sílica precipitada SIPERNAT® e a sílica pirogênica AEROSIL® da Evonik evitam a formação de grumos nos pós durante o armazenamento e o transporte e asseguram uma excelente fluidez. Conhecido como efeito “antiaglomerante”, esse fenômeno está intimamente relacionado ao "efeito de fluxo livre", exceto pelo fato de o efeito de fluxo livre ser uma função da fluidez em dado momento, enquanto o efeito antiaglomerante está vinculado à estabilidade no longo prazo.
As described in the section entitled â€œFree-flow effect", the flowability of a powder is a critical factor in determining whether the material is easy to dispense and handle. In order to guarantee those characteristicsâ€”even after storing a product and shipping it to the customerâ€”the ability to avoid caking over relatively long periods of time is crucial. Evonik meets this need with a wide-ranging portfolio of SIPERNATÂ® specialty silica and AEROSILÂ® fumed silica, which are extremely effective when added in even tiny amounts. These products significantly improve long-term stability, even in substances that readily form clumps, such as waxes or thermoplastic polymers.
Powders may form clumps due to deformation of malleable powder particles during storage, for instance, or, in the case of hygroscopic powders, because particles absorb and release moisture, triggering a recrystallization process. The anticaking effect is similar to that observed in flow enhancers: AEROSILÂ® or SIPERNATÂ® particles form an envelope surrounding the particles of the powder being treatedâ€”known as the â€œhostâ€ powder. This process prevents the powder particles from growing together. Achieving the long-lasting impact of the anticaking effect, however, requires somewhat higher amounts of additive than needed to bring about a free-flow effect alone.
SIPERNATÂ® and AEROSILÂ® products can be worked into the host powder through the use of appropriate mixing devices (such as a plowshare mixer, paddle mixer, or ribbon blender). For plastic powders or granulates that readily undergo deformation, it is especially important to ensure a gentle blending process so that the silica are not pressed into the surface of the powder particles.
SIPERNATÂ® and AEROSILÂ® products are used as anticaking agents in applications such as food and animal feeds, polymer granulates, laundry detergents, industrial chemicals, and much more.