Parametrization and validation of a nonsmooth discrete element method for simulating flows of iron ore green pellets
2015 (English)In: Powder Technology, ISSN 0032-5910, E-ISSN 1873-328X, Vol. 283, 475-487 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The nonsmooth discrete element method (NDEM) has the potential of high computational efficiency for rapid exploration of large design space of systems for processing and transportation of mineral ore. We present parametrization, verification and validation of a simulation model based on NDEM for iron ore green pellet flow in balling circuits. Simulations are compared with camera based measurements of individual pellet motion as well as bulk behavior of pellets on conveyors and in rotating balling drum. It is shown that the NDEM simulation model is applicable for the purpose of analysis, design and control of iron ore pelletizing systems. The sensitivity to model and simulation parameters is investigated. It is found that: the errors associated with large time-step integration do not cause statistically significant errors to the bulk behavior; rolling resistance is a necessary model component; and the outlet flow from the drum is sensitive to fine material adhering to the outlet creating a thick coating that narrows the outlet gaps.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2015. Vol. 283, 475-487 p.
Granular materials, Discrete element method, Validation, Iron ore pellets, Pelletizing, Balling circuit
Computational Mathematics Chemical Engineering
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-109902DOI: 10.1016/j.powtec.2015.05.040ISI: 000361263300051OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-109902DiVA: diva2:861474