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Transport in Porous Media

, Volume 109, Issue 1, pp 43–60 | Cite as

Coupled LBM–DEM Micro-scale Simulations of Cohesive Particle Erosion Due to Shear Flows

  • Paul E. Brumby
  • Toru Sato
  • Jiro Nagao
  • Norio Tenma
  • Hideo Narita
Article

Abstract

In this paper, the erodibility of cohesive micro-scale particles is investigated for a range of surface shear stresses. Compacted layers of particles, formed by compressing 100 cohesive spheres together, are subjected to shear flow conditions. Fluid–particle interactions are solved using the lattice Boltzmann method (LBM), while the particle–particle interactions are treated by coupling with the distinct element method (DEM). Results reveal a clearly defined critical surface shear stress, beyond which erosion occurs, and a linear relation between the rate of erosion and excess surface shear stress. Further to this, an interesting mechanism by which detached particles gain upward movement is observed. This work also serves to highlight the potential of the coupled LBM–DEM approach for modelling dynamic erosion processes in three dimensions.

Keywords

LBM DEM 3D Simulation Erosion 

Notes

Acknowledgments

The authors would like to thank the editor and anonymous reviewers for excellent insight, advice, and corrections, which have markedly improved this paper. This research was entrusted by the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry, Japan and the MH21 Research Consortium, as a part of the research group for production method and modelling of methane hydrate.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul E. Brumby
    • 1
  • Toru Sato
    • 1
  • Jiro Nagao
    • 2
  • Norio Tenma
    • 3
  • Hideo Narita
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Ocean Technology, Policy, and EnvironmentThe University of TokyoKashiwaJapan
  2. 2.Methane Hydrate Research CenterNational Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and TechnologySapporoJapan
  3. 3.Methane Hydrate Research CentreNational Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and TechnologyTsukubaJapan

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