Qualitative assessment of the influence of coordination number on crushing strength using DEM

Beena Sukumaran, Itai Einav, Arcady Dyskin

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Abstract

The research explores the influence of coordination number on the crushing strength of grains using DEM. DEM simulations were conducted using a two-dimensional Particle Flow Code program. Models of grains were prepared by bonding together micro-disks using parallel bonds similar to the approach utilized by Robertson. While the strength of particles is often measured using conventional Brazilian tests with two straight loading platens, in natural environments particles are surrounded by more than two neighboring particles. In addition to studying the influence of coordination number, we explore the effect of curvature on the measured ultimate load resistance. The paper shows how the crushing strength increases as the coordination number increases or decreases as the curvature of the loading particles increases. Results from this 2D study provide some qualitative data on the crushing phenomena observed in disks that are packed together. The paper discusses the anisotropic nature of fracture propagation throughout the grain as a function of different numerical strategies in the process of grain building. It is noticed that as the coordination number increases and a state of isotropic compression is approached, there is no distinct crushing strength that can be observed. This is consistent with the results of experimental observations on crushing of molding plaster disks made by previous researchers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
StatePublished - Dec 1 2006
Event2006 AIChE Spring National Meeting - 5th World Congress on Particle Technology - Orlando, FL, United States
Duration: Apr 23 2006Apr 27 2006

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Other2006 AIChE Spring National Meeting - 5th World Congress on Particle Technology
CountryUnited States
CityOrlando, FL
Period4/23/064/27/06

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Chemistry(all)

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