Flowability of granular materials with industrial applications: an experimental approach
Document typeConference report
PublisherEPJ Web of Conferences
Rights accessOpen Access
Designing bulk material handling equipment requires a thorough understanding of the mechanical behaviour of powders and grains. Experimental characterization of granular materials is introduced focusing on flowability. A new prototype is presented which performs granular column collapse tests. The device consists of a channel whose design accounts for test inspection using visualization techniques and load measurements. A reservoir is attached where packing state of the granular material can be adjusted before run-off to simulate actual handling conditions by fluidisation and deaeration of the pile. Bulk materials on the market, with a wide range of particle sizes, can be tested with the prototype and the results used for classification in terms of flowability to improve industrial equipment selection processes.
CitationTorres-Serra, J., Romero, E., Rodriguez-Ferran, A., Caba, J., Arderiu, X., Padullés, J., González, J. Flowability of granular materials with industrial applications: an experimental approach. A: International Conference on Micromechanics of Granular Media. "Powders and Grains 2017: 8th International Conference on Micromechanics on Granular Media, Montpellier, France, July 3-7, 2017". EPJ Web of Conferences, 2017, p. 1-4.