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Kinetic Simulations for Analysing the Wall Collision Process of Non-Spherical Particles

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M. Sommerfeld

Martin-Luther Universität Halle-Wittenberg, Halle, Germany

Paper No. FEDSM2002-31239, pp. 539-547; 9 pages
  • ASME 2002 Joint U.S.-European Fluids Engineering Division Conference
  • Volume 2: Symposia and General Papers, Parts A and B
  • Montreal, Quebec, Canada, July 14–18, 2002
  • Conference Sponsors: Fluids Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-3616-9 | eISBN: 0-7918-3600-2
  • Copyright © 2002 by ASME


In wall-bounded gas-solid flows the wall collision process plays an important role and may be strongly affected by wall roughness and particle shape. The modelling of the particle-wall collision mostly relies on the assumption of spherical particles. To extend such models appropriately for non-spherical particles, two-dimensional kinetic simulations were performed for different particle shapes. This implies, that the particle translational and angular motion is calculated by considering the particle shape, however neglecting fluid dynamic effects. The change of the particle velocities during the impact and rebound process was calculated by solving the impulse equations together with Coulombs law of friction. The simulations were performed for a given initial particle velocity by varying impact angle and initial angular velocity. The results for 2000 particle wall collisions allowed us to derive the distribution functions of the impact parameters required to describe the wall collision process for non-spherical particles correctly. Moreover, other wall collision properties, such as rebound angle and velocity ratios could be determined. Finally also a comparison with measurements was possible.

Copyright © 2002 by ASME



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