Analysis of radial segregation of granular mixtures in a rotating drum

Saikat Chakraborty, Prabhu R. Nott, J. Ravi Prakash

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This paper considers the segregation of a granular mixture in a rotating drum. Extending a recent kinematic model for grain transport on sandpile surfaces to the case of rotating drums, an analysis is presented for radial segregation in the rolling regime, where a thin layer is avalanching down while the rest of the material follows rigid body rotation. We argue that segregation is driven not just by differences in the angle of repose of the species, as has been assumed in earlier investigations, but also by differences in the size and surface properties of the grains. The cases of grains differing only in size (slightly or widely) and only in surface properties are considered, and the predictions are in qualitative agreement with observations. The model yields results inconsistent with the assumptions for more general cases, and we speculate on how this may be corrected.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)265-273
Number of pages9
JournalEuropean Physical Journal E
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2000
Externally publishedYes

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