Positron emission particle tracking of near gravitational material inside a dense media cyclone

M C, Richter and A N, Mainza and I, Govender and Mangadody, Narasimha (2018) Positron emission particle tracking of near gravitational material inside a dense media cyclone. In: 29th International Mineral Processing Congress, 17-21 September 2018, Moscow.

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We present an analysis of trajectory and time averaged data of near gravitational material (NGM) representative coal tracer particles within a magnetite medium passing through a 100mm diameter hydrocyclone imaged with PEPT (positron emission particle tracking) at iThemba labs, Cape Town. The tracking of neutrally buoyant tracers as well as the other NGM allows an empirical study of the approximate dynamical behaviours of both the dense medium as well as the range (size and density) of particles around the separator's cut size within a partially imaged volume of the cyclone body lying within the field of view of the detector. The study was commissioned as part of a CFD validation study using empirical data from a real-world lab-appropriate system in order to shed light on the inner workings of hydrocyclones and their separation mechanisms. We employ various optimisation and noise reduction techniques within the analysis and follow a detailed investigation of the velocity fields derived from the raw spatial positions with an emphasis on the velocity profile within the forced and free vortex zones. Challenges encountered with this high velocity particle tracking experiment within a highly attenuating environment are also discussed. Various important velocity distributions are shown and compared to theoretical predictions. The power law decay profile of the free vortex and radial velocity scaling with regards to the Froude number are reproduced in line with the static particle approach

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Mangadody, Narasimhahttp://orcid.org/0000-0002-3123-2811
Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Dense Media Cyclone, Hydrocyclone, NGM, PEPT
Subjects: Chemical Engineering
Divisions: Department of Chemical Engineering
Depositing User: Team Library
Date Deposited: 14 Jan 2019 06:48
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2019 06:48
URI: http://raiith.iith.ac.in/id/eprint/4707
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