Granular Matter

, Volume 13, Issue 2, pp 175–181

DEM simulation of particle attrition in dilute-phase pneumatic conveying


DOI: 10.1007/s10035-010-0201-z

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Brosh, T., Kalman, H. & Levy, A. Granular Matter (2011) 13: 175. doi:10.1007/s10035-010-0201-z


Three dimensional numerical simulations of particles motion in a given geometry pneumatic conveying system are conducted in order to obtain a better understanding of the attrition process. A new and innovative procedure of implementing empirical comminution functions (Kalman et al. in Gran Mat 11:253–266, 2009) into DEM-CFD simulations was used and modified. The comminution functions include: initial strength distribution, selection function, breakage function, equivalence function and fatigue function. The implementation involves converting the probability comminution functions into individual particle properties by a random method and then converting the velocity dependent comminution functions into strength-dependent ones. The predictions of the numerical simulations are used to analyze the flow field characteristics and the size reduction process.


DEMPneumatic conveyingParticle breakageSelection functionBreakage functionFatigue function

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Mechanical EngineeringBen-Gurion University of the NegevBeer-ShevaIsrael