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Effect of Chute Angle on Segregation of Granular Particles

Saleema Panda and Danielle S. Tan
Department of Mechanical Engineering, National University of Singapore, Singapore

Abstract—The segregation of uniform granular mixtures is a common problem in pharmaceuticals, food processing, 3D printing, and cosmetic industries, due to quality control considerations. This is a common phenomenon for granular mixtures due to inherent differences among the individual particles such as size, density or shape. However for industrial purposes it may not be possible to change the granular mixture itself, and therefore we need to consider other ways to minimize segregation. Here, we study the flow of granular particles in a chute inclined at different angles using discrete element modelling in LIGGGHTS with the aim of investigating the significance of inclination angle on segregation. 

Index Terms—Segregation, chute angle, granular flow, Discrete element method

Cite: Saleema Panda and Danielle S. Tan, "Effect of Chute Angle on Segregation of Granular Particles" International Journal of Mechanical Engineering and Robotics Research, Vol. 8, No. 4, pp. 511-515, July 2019. DOI: 10.18178/ijmerr.8.4.511-515