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Effect of particle shape on flow in discrete element method simulation of a rotary batch seed coater

Pasha, M, Hare, C, Ghadiri, M, Gunadi, A and Piccione, PM (2015) Effect of particle shape on flow in discrete element method simulation of a rotary batch seed coater Powder Technology, 296. pp. 29-36.

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Abstract

In the seed processing industry, rotary batch seed coaters are widely used for providing a protective coating layer (consisting of various ingredients including fertilisers and crop protection chemicals) on the seeds. Seed motion and mixing are important in ensuring uniform coating. In the batch seed coater, the base of a cylindrical vessel rotates, whilst the cylindrical wall is stationary and two baffles turn the bed over for mixing. In the present study, the Discrete Element Method (DEM) is used to simulate the effect of particle shape on motion and mixing in this device. Corn seed is used as a model material and the effect of its shape on motion is analysed by considering two approaches: (1) manipulation of rolling friction to account for shape as it is commonly used in the field; (2) approximation of the actual shape by a number of overlapping spheres of various sizes. The geometry of corn seeds is captured using X-Ray micro tomography and then the ASG2013 software (Cogency, South Africa) is used to generate and optimise the arrangement of the overlapping spheres. A comparison is made of the predicted tangential and radial velocity distributions of the particles from DEM and those measured experimentally. It is concluded that for rapid shearing systems with short collisional contacts a small number of clumped spheres suffices to provide a reasonable agreement with experimental results. Equally well, manipulating the rolling friction coefficient can provide results that match experiments but its most suitable value is unknown a priori, hence the approach is empirical rather than predictive.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences > Chemical and Process Engineering
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Pasha, MUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Hare, Cc.hare@surrey.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Ghadiri, MUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Gunadi, AUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Piccione, PMUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 2 November 2015
Identification Number : 10.1016/j.powtec.2015.10.055
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2015. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
Uncontrolled Keywords : DEMParticle shapeCoatingParticle motionDiscrete element method
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 17 May 2017 13:51
Last Modified : 04 Aug 2017 11:30
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/840610

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