Granular flow to a blast iron ore furnace: Influence of particle size distribution on segregation of a mixture

Dingena Schott, Wouter Vreeburg, Carmen Molhoek, Gabri Lodewijks

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The infeed ofThe material in a blast furnace isThe composed of a mixtureThe of three different materials: sinter, iron ore pellets and coke. They are each very different in shape, size and mechanical properties and likely this promotes segregation, an unwanted effect. However up till now it is not clear to what extent the Particle Size Distribution (PSD) of each of the three components affects the homogeneity. This work aims to assess the influence of particle size distributions of the individual components on the homogeneity of the infeed material by Discrete Element Model (DEM) Simulations. It can be concluded that modelling the PSD of the individual components is not required to model the tendency to segregate of the mixture of iron ore pellets, sinter and coke. Representing each of the materials by its mean particle size d50 reduces the number of particles and simulation time drastically without compromising the simulation results of the used material models.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTraffic and Granular Flow '15
EditorsVictor L. Knoop, Winnie Daamen
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-33482-0
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-33481-3
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Event11th Traffic and Granular Flow Conference - Nootdorp, Netherlands
Duration: 27 Oct 201530 Oct 2015


Conference11th Traffic and Granular Flow Conference
Abbreviated titleTGF15

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