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Numerical simulation of fluidized dense-phase pneumatic conveying of powders to develop improved model for solids friction factor

Numerical simulation of fluidized dense-phase pneumatic conveying of powders to develop improved model for solids friction factor

Kaur, Baldeep, Mittal, Anu, Mallick, S.S., Pan, Renhu and Jana, Soumendu (2017) Numerical simulation of fluidized dense-phase pneumatic conveying of powders to develop improved model for solids friction factor. Particuology, 35. pp. 42-50. ISSN 1674-2001 (doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.partic.2016.11.006)

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Abstract

Accurate prediction of the solids friction factor through horizontal straight pipes is important for the reliable design of a pneumatic conveying system, but it is a challenging assignment to date because of the highly concentrated, turbulent, and complex nature of the gas–solids mixture. Power-station fly ash was transported through different pipeline configurations. Numerical simulation of the dense-phase pneumatic conveying systems for three different solids and two different air flow rates have shown that particle and actual gas velocities and the ratio of the two velocities increases in the flow direction, whereas the reverse trend was found to occur for the solids volumetric concentration. To develop a solids friction-factor model suitable for dense-phase flow, we modified an existing pure dilute-phase model by incorporating sub-models for particle and actual gas velocities and impact and solids friction factor. The solids friction-factor model was validated by using it for scale-up predictions for total pipeline pressure drops in longer and larger pipes and by comparing experimental and predicted pneumatic conveying characteristics for different solids flow rates. The accuracy of the prediction was compared with a recently developed two-layer-based model. We discussed the effect of incorporating the particle and actual gas velocity terms in the solids friction-factor model instead of superficial air velocity.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Pneumatic conveying; Dense-phase; Numerical analysis; Pressure drop; Scale-up validation
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Department of Applied Engineering & Management
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Wolfson Centre for Bulk Solids Handling Technology
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2018 17:30
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: GREAT b
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/20079

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