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Processes 2019, 7(2), 101;

Discrete Element Method Model Optimization of Cylindrical Pellet Size

VSB-TU Ostrava, ENET Centre, Bulk Solids Centre, 17. listopadu 15, 708 33 Ostrava, Czech Republic
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Received: 11 January 2019 / Revised: 6 February 2019 / Accepted: 13 February 2019 / Published: 15 February 2019
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The DEM (Discrete Element Method) is one option for studying the kinematic behaviour of cylindrical pellets. The DEM experiments attempted to optimize the numerical model parameters that affected time and velocity as a cylindrical vessel emptied. This vessel was filled with cylindrical pellets. Optimization was accomplished by changing the coefficient of friction between particles and selecting the length accuracy grade of the sample cylindrical pellets. The initial state was a series of ten vessel-discharge experiments evaluated using PIV (Particle Image Velocimetry). The cylindrical pellet test samples were described according to their length in three accuracy grades. These cylindrical pellet length accuracy grades were subsequently used in the DEM simulations. The article discusses a comparison of the influence of the length accuracy grade of cylindrical pellets on optimal calibration of time and velocity when the cylindrical vessel is emptied. The accuracy grade of cylindrical pellet length in the DEM sample plays a significant role in relation to the complexity of a created simulation. View Full-Text
Keywords: DEM; particle image velocimetry; friction coefficient; hopper discharge; pellets DEM; particle image velocimetry; friction coefficient; hopper discharge; pellets

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Rozbroj, J.; Zegzulka, J.; Necas, J.; Jezerska, L. Discrete Element Method Model Optimization of Cylindrical Pellet Size. Processes 2019, 7, 101.

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