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Multi Scale Modeling for Granular Flows

[+] Author Affiliations
Xiang Zhao

Alabama A&M University, Normal, AL

Sijun Zhang

ESI CFD, Inc., Huntsville, AL

Paper No. FEDSM2008-55335, pp. 181-191; 11 pages
  • ASME 2008 Fluids Engineering Division Summer Meeting collocated with the Heat Transfer, Energy Sustainability, and 3rd Energy Nanotechnology Conferences
  • Volume 1: Symposia, Parts A and B
  • Jacksonville, Florida, USA, August 10–14, 2008
  • Conference Sponsors: Fluids Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4840-1 | eISBN: 0-7918-3832-3
  • Copyright © 2008 by ASME


A numerical method has been developed to predict granular flows. This work involves the combination of the Discrete Element Method (DEM) to describe the discrete flow of the granular solids and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) to describe the continuum flow of the interstitial fluid. The numerical models can satisfactorily describe granular materials for all flow regimes, quantify fluid-particle and particle-particle interactions and their effects on the granular materials via detailed micro-dynamic analysis and finally provide the macroscopic continuum equations with constitutive equations such as stress, strain and other physical quantities describing the state of the system based on a newly developed micro-macro averaging procedure.

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