The addition of powders into liquid solutions commonly creates particle clusters that fuse together. These particle clusters, or agglomerates, prevent the solids phase from staying in suspension within the liquid phase and settling occurs. Most manufacturers obviously don’t like or want these larger particles and need to get the solid phase back to an original particle size. To name a few reasons:
- Reduce or eliminate settling
- Improve slurry performance
- Improve surface area coverage
- Enhanced appearance
Extreme Acceleration and Cavitation
The Sonolator homogenizer provides an excellent method for blasting those clustered particulates apart and getting solids back to their original size. This is done without the use of mechanical shear, which can be cumbersome and costly. Instead, the Sonolator uses a PD pump which forces the slurry through an Orifice and over a Blade subjecting the entrained particle clusters to extreme acceleration and cavitation, effectively tearing them apart.