Obtaining particle size distribution from chord length measurements

Mingzhong Li, Derek Wilkinson, Kumar Patchigolla

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The Lasentec focused-beam reflectance measurement (FBRM) is becoming a more popular technique to measure particle size on-line in different applications. The FBRM uses a focused beam of laser light that scans across particles passing in front of the probe window to measure a chord length distribution (CLD). Compared with CLD information, the particle size distribution (PSD) is more useful because it is directly related to product quality and process productivity. However, it is not straightforward to convert a measured CLD into its corresponding PSD accurately due to the lack of a theoretical analysis for non-spherical particle systems. In this paper, firstly a general model to translate a PSD into its corresponding CLD is given for different shapes including spherical, ellipsoidal and more general non-spherical particles. Then an iterative inversion method is developed to obtain the PSD from a measured CLD. Finally, effectiveness of the proposed PSD-CLD model and iterative inversion method has been extensively validated by experiments. © 2006 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)170-174
Number of pages5
JournalParticle and Particle Systems Characterization
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2006


  • Chord length distribution (CLD)
  • Focused-beam reflectance measurement (FBRM)
  • Iterative inversion method
  • Particle size distribution (PSD)


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