Wei Pin Goh, Mojtaba Ghadiri, Frans Muller, Kushal Sinha, Nandkishor Nere, Raimundo Ho, Shailendra Bordawekar, Ahmad Sheikh.
The size distribution, shape and aspect ratio of particles are the common factors that affect their packing in a particle bed. Agitated powder beds are commonly used in the process industry for various applications. The stresses arising as a result of shearing the bed could result in undesirable particle breakage with adverse impact on manufacturability. This paper analyzes the stress distribution within an agitated particle bed with several particle aspect ratios by the Discrete Element Method (DEM). Rounded cylinders with different aspect ratios are generated and incorporated into the DEM simulation. The void fraction of the packing of the static and agitated beds with different particle aspect ratios is analysed. Principal and deviatoric stresses are quantified in the regions of interest along the agitating impeller blade for different cases of particle aspect ratios. The relationship between the particle aspect ratio and the stress distribution of the bed over the regions of interest is then established and will be presented.