EPJ Web Conf.
Volume 249, 2021Powders & Grains 2021 – 9th International Conference on Micromechanics on Granular Media
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|Published online||07 June 2021|
Exploring shear-induced segregation in controlled-velocity granular flows
Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL 60208, USA
2 Department of Mechanical Engineering, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL 60208, USA
3 Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems (NICO), Northwestern University, Evanston, IL 60208, USA
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Published online: 7 June 2021
Particle segregation in geophysical and industrial granular flows is typically driven by gravity and shear. While gravity-induced segregation is relatively well understood, shear-induced segregation is not. In particular, what controls segregation in the absence of gravity and the interplay between shearand gravity-driven segregation remain unclear. Here, we explore the shear-induced segregation force on an intruder particle in controlled-velocity granular flows where the shear profile is systematically varied. The shear-induced segregation force is found to be proportional to the shear rate gradient, which effectively pushes the large intruder from lower to higher shear rate regions. A scaling law is developed for the segregation force that is accurate over a wide range of overburden pressures and shear rates, and hence inertial numbers.
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