Packing and viscosity of concentrated polydisperse coal-water slurries

Boris Veytsman, Joel L. Morrison, Alan Scaroni, Paul Painter

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The viscosity of polydisperse slurries close to the packing limit is discussed. It is shown that the divergence of the viscosity at the close packing limit causes the dependence of the slurry viscosity on loading to be universal. Ways of increasing the maximal loading of polydisperse slurries are described. A new theory of packing of powders based on a generalization of the Fumas "telescopic tube method" is proposed. Unlike the original Furnas model, this theory allows the calculation of the maximal packing for powders with an arbitrary size distribution of particles. The application of the theory to the problem of reducing the viscosity of coal - water slurries is discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1031-1039
Number of pages9
JournalEnergy and Fuels
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jan 1 1998

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Fuel Technology
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology


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