Homogenization of granular pipe flow by means of helical inner-wall texture
1 University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Erlangen, Germany
2 University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany
Published online: 30 June 2017
The homogenization of granular flows through narrow pipes is important for a broad range of technological and industrial applications. Here we show, by means of molecular dynamics simulations, that such homogenization can be achieved by adding a helical inner-wall texture to the pipe, without the need for energy input from any external source. By using such a texture, jamming is prevented and the granular flux can be predicted using a modified Beverloo equation that accounts for the wavelength of the helical texture.
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