Two dimensional transfer chute analysis using a continuum method

McIlvenna, Paul and Mossad, Ruth (2003) Two dimensional transfer chute analysis using a continuum method. In: 3rd International Conference on Computational Fluid Dynamics in the Minerals and Process Industries (CFD 2003), 10-12 Dec 2003, Melbourne, Australia.


The performance of transfer chutes is vital to the productivity of conveyor belt systems in the bulk solids industry yet no traditional design method is able to reliably predict the flow characteristics. The discrete numerical method has come to be regarded as the primary tool for particle flow modelling, but many design engineers in industry may not be aware that continuum methods are also suitable for some types of chute analysis.

This paper reports an investigation into a continuum model based on kinetic theory as an alternative to the discrete element method for basic transfer chute analysis. Fluent software has been used to perform two-dimensional modelling of chutes and the result is compared to traditional design methods. The conclusions suggest that continuum models may have an important part to play in the future of chute design.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering
Date Deposited: 21 Apr 2010 05:25
Last Modified: 10 Sep 2013 05:32
Uncontrolled Keywords: CFD; continuum; transfer chute
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0914 Resources Engineering and Extractive Metallurgy > 091404 Mineral Processing/Beneficiation
09 Engineering > 0913 Mechanical Engineering > 091307 Numerical Modelling and Mechanical Characterisation
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering

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