Journal article

A computationally-efficient method for modelling the transient consolidation behavior of saturated compressive particulate networks

Simon Hammerich, Marco Gleiss, Anthony D Stickland, Hermann Nirschl

Separation and Purification Technology | Elsevier | Published : 2019


Saturated particulate networks exhibiting compressive material behavior are formed during mechanical solid-liquid separations. Due to costly experiments in terms of money and time, numerical models and simulation approaches are used to support the design of separation devices. In this work a computationally-efficient method is proposed to simulate the equilibrium and transient consolidation of particulate networks in one dimension. It is based on the Eulerian approach for approximation of the volume fraction of the dispersed phase without solving any additional partial differential equations and is implemented in the open source platform OpenFOAM. Under certain restrictions, the approach all..

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Awarded by German research association "Allianz Industrie und Forschung"

Funding Acknowledgements

The authors would like to thank the German research association "Allianz Industrie und Forschung" for funding this work (IGF 18461N and IGF 19528N). Travel funds were provided by the Karlsruhe House of Young Scientists and The University of Melbourne Special Studies Program to enable research visits between Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and the University of Melbourne. In Melbourne, infrastructure support is provided by the Particulate Fluids Processing Centre.