Percolation segregation of binary mixtures under periodic movement

Anjani K. Jha, Virendra M. Puri

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Three strain rates of 1.0, 0.5, and 0.25 Hz were selected for studying percolation segregation in binary mixtures of urea (spherical) and potash (angular). Mixed binary samples prepared from three mean coarse sizes with their corresponding three and two fines sizes for potash and urea, respectively. Herein, three coarse mean sizes 3675, 3075, and 2580 μm and three mean fine sizes 2180, 1850, and 1550 μm were selected for tests. Percolation segregation in mixed binary sample was quantified using the primary segregation shear cell (PSSC-II). Based on experimental results, the segregated fines mass, normalized segregation rate (NSR) and segregation rate of fines for binary mixtures increased with increasing strain rate from 0.25 Hz to 1.0 Hz. The NSR decreased with decreasing strain rate from 1.0 Hz > 0.5 Hz > 0.25 Hz for size ratios 1.7, 2.0, and 2.4 (p < 0.05). At these three strain rates, for size ratio 2.0, the NSR of coarse size 3675 μm with fines size 1850 μm was smaller than the NSR of coarse size 3075 μm with fine size 1550 μm in the binary mixtures (p < 0.05). At three strain rates of 1.0, 0.5, and 0.25 Hz, the NSR for potash was higher (53%, 56%, and 46%) than the NSR for urea for the same size ratio (p < 0.05).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)73-82
Number of pages10
JournalPowder Technology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Oct 25 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Chemical Engineering


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