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Particle dynamics simulation of wet granulation in a rotating drum

Abstract : We simulate the granulation process of solid spherical particles in the presence of a viscous liquid in a horizontal rotating drum by using molecular dynamics simulations in three dimensions. The numerical approach accounts for the cohesive and viscous effects of the binding liquid, which is assumed to be transported by wet particles and re-distributed homogeneously between wet particles in contact. We investigate the growth of a single granule introduced into the granular bed and the cumulative numbers of accreted and eroded particles as a function of time for a range of values of material parameters such as mean particle size, size polydispersity, friction coefficient, and liquid viscosity. We find that the granule growth is an exponential function of time, reflecting the decrease of the number of free wet particles. The influence of material parameters on the accretion and erosion rates reveals the nontrivial dynamics of the granulation process. It opens the way to a granulation model based on the realistic determination of particle-scale mechanisms of granulation.
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Thanh-Trung Vo, Saeid Nezamabadi, Patrick Mutabaruka, Jean-Yves Delenne, Edouard Izard, et al.. Particle dynamics simulation of wet granulation in a rotating drum. 2018. ⟨hal-02790961⟩

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