Modelling of material removal due to sliding wear caused by bulk material

Yunpeng Yan*, Rudy Helmons, Michael Carr, Craig Wheeler, Dingena Schott

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A convex pattern surface has been proposed and optimized to reduce sliding wear of bulk handling equipment by adjusting the flow behaviour of bulk material. This study aims at modelling the surface deformation of the convex pattern sample to investigate how effectively the sample reduces sliding wear. Archard wear model and a deformable geometry technique are combined to capture the sample deformation. A short-time laboratory wear experiment is performed as a benchmark to validate the numerical model. The simulation resutls indicate that there is a linear relation between the wear volume of a plain sample and the simulated revolutions, while the convex pattern sample has a quadratic trend. The wear distribution displays that the convex pattern accounts for the majority of wear of the sample. The contact behaviour demonstrates that the convex pattern facilitates the rolling of particles, resulting in the reduction of sliding distance. The numerical results indicate that the deformed convex pattern sample leads to lower overall sliding wear than a plain sample, although its effectiveness weakens as wear evolves.

Original languageEnglish
Article number118109
Number of pages14
JournalPowder Technology
Publication statusPublished - 2023


  • Convex pattern surface
  • Particle size
  • Scaling factor
  • Wear deformation
  • Wear experiment


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