Particle Attrition Analysis in a High Temperature Rotating Drum

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Conference Proceeding


Particle attrition is one of the important studies to be investigated as part of solid particle solar receiver design and developmental program. Two types of mechanism encountered in attrition are (a) Abrasion: wearing down by friction. Particles of much smaller size break away from the original particle. (b) Fragmentation: the breaking-away process gives rise to a number of particles of size smaller than the original one. In general, attrition takes place by an abrasive type mechanism. The attrition phenomenon is between the son particles and the fines produced. The mass of fines produced will therefore provide a means of measurement of the degree of attrition. The phenomenon of attrition in a fluidized bed is analyzed and its merits and demerits are discussed with respect to particle attrition in solar receiver, specifically at high temperature close to 1000 degC. The possible fluidized bed demerits are overcome through an appropriate design and development of high temperature (up to 1000 degC) rotating drum, and this is analyzed in this paper.


Particles; Solar energy


Materials Science and Engineering | Mechanical Engineering | Oil, Gas, and Energy | Sustainability


Systems Engineering, 2008. ICSENG '08. 19th International Conference , 19-21 Aug. 2008, Las Vegas, NV.


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