Application of DEM modified with enlarged particle model to simulation of bead motion in a bead mill

Yasuhiro Yamamoto, Rikio Soda, Junya Kano, Fumio Saito

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Abstract

We applied the discrete element method (DEM) of simulation modified by an enlarged particle model to simulate bead motion in a large bead mill. The stainless-steel bead mill has inner diameter of 102 mm and mill length of 198 mm. The bead diameter and filling ratio were fixed respectively at 0.5 mm and 85%. The agitator rotational speed was changed from 1863 to 3261 rpm. The bead motion was monitored experimentally using a high-speed video camera through a transparent mill body. For the simulation, enlarged particle sizes were set as 3-6 mm in diameter. With the DEM modified by the enlarged particle model, the motion of enlarged particles in a mill was simulated. The velocity data of the simulated enlarged particles were compared with those obtained in the experiment. The simulated velocity of the enlarged particles depends on the virtual frictional coefficient in the DEM model. The optimized value of the virtual frictional coefficient can be determined by considering the accumulated mean value. Results show that the velocity of the enlarged particles simulated increases with an increase in the optimum virtual frictional coefficient, but the simulated velocity agrees well with that determined experimentally by optimizing the virtual frictional coefficient in the simulation. The computing time in the simulation decreases with increased particle size.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)103-108
Number of pages6
JournalParticuology
Volume14
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Jun

Keywords

  • Bead mill
  • Bead motion
  • Discrete element simulation
  • Enlarged particle model

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Materials Science(all)

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