CFD-DEM modelling and simulation of pneumatic conveying: a review

Shibo Kuang, Mengmeng Zhou, Aibing Yu

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Pneumatic conveying is an important operation used in many industries for the transportation of granular materials from one place to another. In recent years, many efforts have been made to study this transport process by means of the numerical approach of combing discrete element method (DEM) for particles and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) for gas. Such studies have been focused on understanding and predicting the gas-solid flow characteristics and process performance over a broad range of conditions, aiming to achieve optimal system design and control. This paper reviews the progress in this area, covering the formulation, validation and application of the mathematical models proposed. The emphasis is given to the modelling of key phenomena such as flow regimes and transition, pipe wear, particle attrition, and electrostatics. The needs for future research are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)186-207
Number of pages22
JournalPowder Technology
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2020


  • Electrostatic charge
  • Flow regimes and transition
  • Particle attrition
  • Pipe wear
  • Pneumatic conveying

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