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- Model RODOS L - Dry Dispersion Unit

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Powerful dry dispersion in the free aerosol jet for laser diffraction and dynamic image analysis. RODOS is the original by the inventor of dry dispersion. With this breakthrough innovation, Sympatec has opened up dry applications to particle measurement technology – as early as 1982. Since then, it has been possible to dry measure powders, fibres and granules in a manner appropriate to the product , with both laser diffraction and dynamic image analysis. No other method of dispersing is anywhere near as powerful or achieves such an efficient as well as gentle dispersion from the submicron to millimetre range. The speed, reproducibility, comparability and (above all) the high statistical reliability with large sample volumes up to more than 1,000 ml are particularly striking. However, even the smallest particle quantities in the microgram range are fully recorded with sophisticated trigger algorithms.

The reliable dispersion determines the validity of the size analysis – especially for collectives of fine, dry and cohesive particles. The principle of RODOS dry dispersion with an upstream dosing unit and a powerful compressed air injector ensures the effective and product-specific dispersion of solid particles in a size range of less than 0.1 microns to 4,000 microns. Dosing initially generates a constant mass flow. Subsequently, dispersion forces tailored to the product ensure an effective separation of the particles that are fed to the sensor in the aerosol jet as single particles. This is achieved just as reliably for fine, highly agglomerated particles as for the gentle dispersion of metastable and coarse particles.

The dispersion effects in the RODOS injection disperser are caused by a special flow control in the long, straight dispersing line that ultimately enables a release of the isolated and highly accelerated particles in an aerosol jet. The product is fed in the axis of flow and initiates linear acceleration and mixing of particles with the compressed air or an inert gas. The dispersion energy is precisely adjusted to the product via the pre-pressure and an annular gap. The high air flow, the expansion and the ultimate jet formation provide a high exit speed of up to 100 m/s and an optimum optical dilution of the aerosol cloud for analysis. This way it is also possible to supply the sensor with difficult-to-disperse particles, such as residually moist, oily or magnetic powder, as perfectly dispersed individual particles without the risk of reagglomeration.

The basic dispersion effects are composed of speed gradients (turbulences) in the air flow as well as particle-particle and particle-wall impacts. The method we have developed for dry dispersion with compressed air has not only found its way into the applicable standards (cf. ISO 13320 – laser diffraction), it has also firmly established itself on the market and, with RODOS, sets the standard for all dry, fine and agglomerating products.

Various RODOS versions are available for combination with both HELOS laser diffraction and QICPIC image analysis. The modularly interchangeable dosing systems VIBRI, ASPIROS and MULTISAMPLER are used for product-oriented particle supply. The method of dry dispersing is successfully used with the proven RODOS core technology in many applications in our process analysers for laser diffraction with MYTOS and for dynamic image analysis with PICTOS. Dispersion routes with suitable internal diameters are recommended for an optimal adaptation of the RODOS dispersion for the particle size of the respective product.

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