Experimental and theoretical studies on compressive deformation characteristics of particle aggregates in water

Masaki Kubo, Ryutaro Ishibashi, Ken ichi Sugioka, Takao Tsukada, Osamu Koike, Masahiro Fujita

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Abstract

The compressive deformation characteristics of a single aggregate of polystyrene particles were studied both experimentally and theoretically. Experimental apparatus to measure the mechanical characteristics of a single aggregate with in situ observation of the compression behavior of the aggregate was constructed. Then, the time variations of the compressive force and deformation behavior of the aggregate during simple compression were investigated. In addition, discrete element method (DEM) simulations were carried out to numerically demonstrate the compression behavior of an aggregate between two planes, where the time variation of the compressive force of the aggregate as well as the area strain of each particle in the aggregate can be predicted. The largest spike-like peak of the compressive force appeared at the stage where an aggregate with a hexagonal bilayer structure was formed, as observed experimentally. The compressive force of the aggregate increased as the number of particles in the aggregate increased or the diameter of the primary particles decreased. An increase in the frictional coefficient between primary particles caused an increase in the compressive force of the aggregate for the entire period of compression, but the frictional coefficient between a particle and a wall did not affect the compressive deformation behavior of the aggregate.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)431-438
Number of pages8
JournalPowder Technology
Volume287
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Jan 1

Keywords

  • Compressive deformation
  • Confocal laser scanning microscope
  • Discrete element method
  • Frictional coefficient
  • Particle aggregate

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering(all)

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