Thomas Tourneur
PhD student
Ir. at UCL in 2014

Main project: Vortex Chamber Spray Dryer
Funding: Private and Dutch government
Supervisor(s): Juray De Wilde

High-G operations in vortex chamber allow to intensify transfer of mass, heat and momentum. This technology can be applied for treating particles (solid powder or liquid droplets in a precursor state) with, preferably, a rotating fluidized bed in various industrial fields like coating, granulation or spray drying. In the presented work, a first pilot unit is designed with the objective to create a multi-zone environment with axial separation in order to fed air into the reactor at different temperatures to improve the process of drying. Numerical simulations are run simultaneously to validate the model used and once accepted to predict new design effect without going through the experimental study. Different designs for the vortex chamber are tested to study their effect on the vortex flow pattern.

IMMC main research direction(s):
Chemical engineering

process intensification
spray drying

Research group(s): IMAP
Collaborations: FrieslandCampina, Unilever


Recent publications

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Journal Articles

1. Jamil Ur Rahman, Umair; Krzysztof Pozarlik, Artur; Tourneur, Thomas; de Broqueville, Axel; De Wilde, Juray; Brem, Gerrit. Numerical Study toward Optimization of Spray Drying in a Novel Radial Multizone Dryer. In: Energies, Vol. 14, no.5, p. 1233 (2021). doi:10.3390/en14051233.


1. De Broqueville, Axel; De Wilde, Juray; Tourneur, Thomas. Device for treating particles in a rotating fluidized bed.

Conference Papers

1. Minette, Florent; Tourneur, Thomas; De Wilde, Juray. Structured reactors for steam methane reforming. 2016 xxx.