Advanced Powder Technology, Vol.29, No.10, 2380-2393, 2018
Investigating the fluidization of disk-like particles in a fluidized bed using CFD-DEM simulation
Fluidization of monodispersed disk-like particles with different aspect ratios in the fluidized bed is simulated by CFD-DEM, with disk-like particles being modeled by the super-ellipsoids. The relatively comprehensive investigations are performed in order to understand the fluidization behaviors of disk-like particles and to evaluate how the aspect ratio influences the fluidization. The results obtained demonstrate that disk-like particles with a larger aspect ratio possess stronger particle movement and more apparent fluidization. Comparisons between spherical particles and disk-like particles elucidate their differences in the fluidization behavior. Particle orientation is also investigated in this paper due to its important influence on the fluidization. Particles possess different preferred orientations in the static bed and in the fluidization state, and a reduced aspect ratio can drive particles to be in the preferred orientation. The existence of the walls will prompt particles to align their cross sections to be parallel to the plane of the walls. (C) 2018 The Society of Powder Technology Japan. Published by Elsevier B.V. and The Society of Powder Technology Japan. All rights reserved.