Use of an Unsteady-State Pulp-Partition Model to Investigate Variable Interactions in Dense-Medium Separators

M. S. Klima

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It would be convenient to study the effects of changes in operating conditions on solid-solid separations within a free-settling-type device with a mathematical model that takes into account the changes in the physics of the separation process. One such model. the unsteady-state pulp-partition (USPP) model. based on a convection-diffusion equation, can be used to generate fractional recovery values. These values give the fraction of or probability that a given size feed material of known density will report to the product stream. Furthermore, curves generated from these values can be described by certain characteristic operating parameters — the density of separation and the mean probable error. By examining the variation of these characteristic parameters with systematic changes in the model variables such as the separation time. separation efficiency changes can be investigated. In this paper. the USPP model is used to investigate the improvement in separation due to increasing the g-force and the role that particle size plays in determining the magnitude of g-force required to obtain a certain level of separation. Also. the effects of uncontrollable variable changes on the characteristic parameters are investigated. demonstrating how the uncontrollable variables lead to confounding. making the interpretation of controllable variable responses difficult.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)185-193
Number of pages9
JournalCoal Preparation
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1990

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Fuel Technology
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology


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