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AAPS PharmSciTech. 2006 March; 7(1): E153–E162.
Published online 2006 March 10. doi:  10.1208/pt070122
PMCID: PMC2750729

Wet granulation in rotary processor and fluid bed: Comparison of granule and tablet properties


The aim of the present study was to investigate and compare granule and tablet properties of granules prepared by wet granulation in a rotary processor or a conventional fluid bed. For this purpose the working range of selected process variables was determined and a factorial study with 3 factors (equipment type, filler type, and liquid addition rate) and 1 covariate (fluidizing air flow rate) was performed. Two grades of calcium carbonate with different size and shape characteristics were applied, and the liquid addition and fluidizing air flow rates were investigated in the widest possible range. Dry mixtures of microcrystalline cellulose, polyvinyl povidone, calcium carbonate, and riboflavin, in a 10[ratio]5[ratio]84[ratio]1 ratio, were granulated in both types of equipment. The granulation end point was determined manually in the fluid bed and by torque measurements in the rotary processor. The filler type had a more pronounced effect on granular properties in the fluid bed, but the rotary processor showed a higher dependency on the investigated process variables. The rotary processor gave rise to more dense granules with better flow properties, but the fluid bed granules had slightly better compressional properties. Furthermore, the distribution of a low-dose drug was found to be more homogeneous in the rotary processor granules and tablets. Generally, wet granulation in a rotary processor was found to be a good alternative to conventional fluid bed granulation, especially when cohesive powders with poor flow properties or formulations with low drug content are to be granulated by a fluidizing air technique.

Keywords: Wet granulation, fluid bed, rotary processor

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