Development of DEM-CFD coupled model for determining Tumbling mill dynamics

Mayank, K (2014) Development of DEM-CFD coupled model for determining Tumbling mill dynamics. Masters thesis, Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad.

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Abstract

The charge motion in a tumbling mill has been mostly described by empirical, mechanistic and computational models. The computational model presented in this work is a three phase approach for the tumbling mill that combines a particle description for the solids modelled by the Discrete Element Method, and the continuum description for the uid by CFD approach. In the present work a phase coupled approach is developed using C++ subroutines to model the charge and slurry dynamics inside a tumbling mill by mapping the particles on the CFD mesh and resolving the particle volume and velocities on per cell basis. The coupled DEM-CFD approach is implemented and the eect of drag force on the slurry by the particle motion. The set of coupled simulation were run varying the slurry rheology and results were validated with equivalent PEPT experiment of lab scale mills and a very good agreement is found in some cases. The Beeststra drag correlation was used to calculate the drag force between the uid and the particles. The free surface prole of the charge as well as the slurry is calculated as well as the axial center of mass prole of the mill. The second part of the thesis deals with development of a two way coupled DEM-CFD approach that incorporates the eect of slurry on the charge as well as vice versa emulating the Virtual Commutation Machine as developed by Cleary but using CFD in place of SPH more extensively method for modeling uid ow.

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Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords: TD202
Subjects: Chemical Engineering > Biochemical Engineering
Divisions: Department of Chemical Engineering
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Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2014 07:19
Last Modified: 08 Jul 2015 07:37
URI: http://raiith.iith.ac.in/id/eprint/93
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