379037 Discrete Element Method Simulations for Complex Granular Flows

Tuesday, November 18, 2014: 3:53 PM
211 (Hilton Atlanta)
Yu Guo, Chemical Engineering, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL and Jennifer Sinclair Curtis, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

This presentation will focus on the modeling of complex granular flows employing the discrete element method (DEM) approach. The specific topic to be discussed is the application of DEM models for the study of the flow behavior of nonspherical, flexible, or cohesive particles, including particle breakage. The major sources of particle cohesion---liquid induced, electrostatics, van der Waals forces---and their implementation into DEM simulations will be reviewed. These aspects of particle flow are of great importance in numerous practical applications and hence are the key foci of research at the forefront of current DEM modeling efforts. For example, such DEM simulations can provide particle stress information needed to develop constitutive models for continuum-based simulations of large-scale industrial processes

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