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Tensile strength of cohesive powders

Tensile strength of cohesive powders

García-Triñanes, Pablo ORCID: 0000-0002-4993-2250, Luding, Stefan and Shi, Hao (2019) Tensile strength of cohesive powders. Advanced Powder Technology, 30 (12). pp. 2868-2880. ISSN 0921-8831 (Print), 1568-5527 (Online) (doi:

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Measurement and prediction of cohesive powder behaviour related to flowability, flooding or arching in silos is found to be very challenging. Previous round robin attempts with ring shear testers did not furnish reliable data and have shown considerable degrees of scatter and uncertainty in key measurements. Thus studies to build a reliable experimental database using reference materials, are needed in order to evaluate the repeatability and effectiveness of shear testers and the adopted methodologies. In this paper, first we study the effect of particle size on the yield locus for different grades of limestone (calcium carbonate). We use the nonlinear Warren Spring equation to obtain the values of cohesion C, tensile strength T, and the shear index n. We recover linear (n = 1) yield loci for  μm with respectively small C. For smaller fractions (m), the powder is strongly cohesive with considerable non-linearity (). Then we compare the values of the parameters and n obtained from two different shear testers (Schulze and Brookfield PFT), thereby demonstrating the validity of the Warren Spring equation. The differences encountered are fortunately not leading to a great deviation in terms of cohesion C and tensile strength, T although further experiments with a variety of cohesive powders are needed to confirm or rebut this point. Finally, we compare the values of the tensile strength obtained by a tranverse experimental method using the Ajax tensile tester and found a very good agreement.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Limestone, Schulze ring shear tester, Brookfield powder flow tester, tensile strength, cohesion, shear index, Warren Spring model
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Wolfson Centre for Bulk Solids Handling Technology
Faculty of Engineering & Science > School of Engineering (ENN)
Last Modified: 18 Sep 2020 23:35
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
Selected for REF2021: REF 1

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