Title: Benchmarking study on continuum-based granular flow dynamics models for simulating the drag finishing process on a CFD framework

Authors: Jyi Sheuan Ten; Stephen Wan

Addresses: Institute of High Performance Computing, 1 Fusionopolis Way, #16-#16 Connexis, 138632, Singapore ' Institute of High Performance Computing, 1 Fusionopolis Way, #16-#16 Connexis, 138632, Singapore

Abstract: Drag finishing is a mass finishing technique in which workpieces are dragged through a mass of granular media contained in a stationary drum. Only a small portion of the media immediately surrounding the workpieces actually flows, with a shear band separating this fluid region and the static, solid-like portions that occupy most of the drum. In this presentation, we report on our benchmarking of two promising granular flow dynamics models. The models were input into ANSYS FLUENT as user-defined functions and simulation results were compared against experimental data found in the open literature.

Keywords: drag finishing; granular flow dynamics; simulation; computational fluid dynamics; CFD; process modelling; benchmarking.

DOI: 10.1504/IJAT.2014.060692

International Journal of Abrasive Technology, 2014 Vol.6 No.3, pp.214 - 225

Received: 16 Jul 2013
Accepted: 29 Oct 2013

Published online: 21 Jun 2014 *

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