Lift-off of multiple particles in a narrow channel

R. V. Maitri, J. T. Padding, J. A.M. Kuipers, E. A.J.F. Peters*

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In this work, we perform simulations of particle laden flow in a wide and long narrow channel in a Newtonian fluid. Simulations are performed for mono-sized and equal density spheres with varying Archimedes and Reynolds number. In the simulations, different phases of particle transport - rolling, saltation and suspension are observed. During simulations the average bed height is monitored and its steady state value is used for proposing a correlation between solids volume fraction (ϕ), shear Reynolds number (Res) and Archimedes number (Ar). This correlation is used to predict the critical shear Reynolds number for particle lift-off and a condition at which particles would occupy the whole channel at a given Archimedes number. The value of this critical Reynolds number is compared with the critical Reynolds number for single particle lift-off.

Original languageEnglish
Article number100086
Number of pages10
JournalChemical Engineering Science: X
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • Lift-off
  • Particle bed
  • Particle-resolved CFD
  • Sedimentation


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