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Influence of particle size, density, particle concentration on bend erosive wear in pneumatic conveyors

Influence of particle size, density, particle concentration on bend erosive wear in pneumatic conveyors

Macchini, R., Bradley, M.S.A. and Deng, T. ORCID: 0000-0003-4117-4317 (2013) Influence of particle size, density, particle concentration on bend erosive wear in pneumatic conveyors. Wear, 303 (1-2). pp. 21-29. ISSN 0043-1648 (doi:

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Particle concentration is a principal factor that affects erosion rate of solid surfaces under particle impact, such as pipe bends in pneumatic conveyors; it is well known that a reduction in the specific erosion rate occurs under high particle concentrations, a phenomenon referred to as the "shielding effect". The cause of shielding is believed to be increased likelihood of inter-particulate collisions, the high collision probability between incoming and rebounding particles reducing the frequency and the severity of particle impacts on the target surface. In this study, the effects of particle concentration on erosion of a mild steel bend surface have been investigated in detail using three different particulate materials on an industrial scale pneumatic conveying test rig. The materials were studied so that two had the same particle density but very different particle size, whereas two had very similar particle size but very different particle density. Experimental results confirm the shielding effect due to high particle concentration and show that the particle density has a far more significant influence than the particle size, on the magnitude of the shielding effect.

A new method of correcting for change in erosiveness of the particles in repeated handling, to take this factor out of the data, has been established, and appears to be successful. Moreover, a novel empirical model of the shielding effects has been used, in term of erosion resistance which appears to decrease linearly when the particle concentration decreases. With the model it is possible to find the specific erosion rate when the particle concentration tends to zero, and conversely predict how the specific erosion rate changes at finite values of particle concentration; this is critical to enable component life to be predicted from erosion tester results, as the variation of the shielding effect with concentration is different in these two scenarios.

In addition a previously unreported phenomenon has been recorded, of a particulate material whose erosiveness has steadily increased during repeated impacts.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: particle size, bend erosion, pneumatic conveyors, density and concentrations, erosive wear, shielding effect, empirical model
Subjects: T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science
Faculty of Engineering & Science > School of Engineering (ENN)
Last Modified: 18 Sep 2020 23:36
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
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