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Granular Flow and Segregation Behavior
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Business Administration and Industrial Engineering.
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Business Administration and Industrial Engineering.
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Business Administration and Industrial Engineering.
2016 (Swedish)Conference paper, Presentation (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

1. Purpose of the presentation. Granular materials such as grain, gravel, powder or pellets can be thought as intermediate state of matter: They can sustain shear like a solid up to a point, but they can also flow (Behringer 1995). However, differences in particulate sizes, shapes or densities have been known to cause segregation when granular materials are flowing. Surface segregation has often been studied. The mechanisms of segregation on a surface are described in many articles (Makse 1999)(Gray, Gajjar et al. 2015)(Lumay, Boschini et al. 2013). Descriptions of segregation behaviour of granular flow below surfaces are less common. Literature related to bulk flow mostly describe a bulk containing a variety of granular sizes (Engblom, Saxén et al. 2012)(Jaehyuk Choi and Arshad Kudrolli and Martin,Z.Bazant 2005). Warehouses such as silos or binges constitute major segregation and mixing points in many granular material transport chains. Such warehouses also subject the granular media to flow or impact induced stresses. Traceability in these kind of continues or semi continues granular flow environments face many challenges. Adding in-situ sensors, so called PATs, is one way to trace material in a granular flow. It is, however, difficult to predict if the sensors experience the same physical stresses as the average granules do if the PATs segregate. To contain required electronics, these sensors with casings may need to be made larger than the bulk particles it is supposed to follow. It is therefore important to understand when larger particles segregate and how to design sensor casings to prevent segregation. However segregation of larger sized or different shaped particles added as single objects to homogeny sized particle flow has, to our knowledge not yet been studied and that is the purpose of this study.2. Results. We show the significant factors which affect segregation behaviour and how these modify segregation behaviour. Depending on shape on silo and type of flow during discharge we also show how shape, size and density on individual grains is depending on velocity rate in granular flow. 3. Research Limitations/Implications. The time consuming method of manually retrieving data of each individual particle and surrounding bulk material limit the volume of data that can be retrieved. Further research will implement Particle Image Velocimetry technology (PIV) and customised software to analyse metadata from experiments in a much more efficient way.4. Practical implications. Practical outcome as a result of this research is connected to the ability to trace batches in continues and semi continues supply chains in time and space. The possibility to design a decision model to a specific supply chain for more customized controlled quality and, as far as we know, completely new possibilities related root cause analyses of quality issues in the production or supply chain.5. Value of presentation. Even if the research is made in relation to local mining industry and the supply chain related to iron ore pellets, based on their value of this research, the greatest value is expected to pharmaceutical or any law and regulation controlled industry where it is such efficient traceability of any product on the market is essential.2. Method. Experiments have been performed using granules of different shapes and densities to study flow and segregation behaviour. The experiments have been performed in a transparent 2D model of a silo, designed to replicate warehouses along an iron ore pellets distribution chain. Bulk material consisting of granules representing iron ore have been discharged together with larger objects of different sizes representing sensors or RFID tags. Shape, size and density are modified on the larger objects while studying mixing, flow behaviour and segregation tendencies using video. Video analyses have been used to measure the flow speed and flow distribution of the bulk and of the larger objects. The video material and individual particles is then statistically analysed to clarify significant factors in segregation behaviours related to the size, form and density of the particles. The results are based on Design Expert, Minitab and customized Matlab software.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016.
Research subject
Quality Technology and Management; Effective innovation and organisation (AERI); Enabling ICT (AERI); Intelligent industrial processes (AERI); Sustainable transportation (AERI)
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-39430Local ID: e2ff3223-fa3e-42d1-bfb4-b42bc285ea40OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-39430DiVA: diva2:1012942
Conference
International Conference on the Interface between Statistics and Engineering : 20/06/2016 - 23/06/2016
Projects
DISIRE
Note
Godkänd; 2016; 20160701 (bjarne)Available from: 2016-10-03 Created: 2016-10-03Bibliographically approved

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