Polytechnic University of Valencia Congress, 21st International Drying Symposium

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A pore-scale study on the drying kinetics and mechanical behavior of particle aggregates
T. S. Pham, B. Chareyre, E. Tsotsas, A. Kharaghani

Last modified: 26-12-2018


A discrete thermo-mechanical drying model is developed to investigate the interaction between the porous structure and the drying characteristics of dense particle aggregates. The solid phase consists of polydisperse spherical particles in the micrometer range and the void space is constructed by a complementary network of tetrahedral pores. A modified version of the classical invasion percolation algorithm is set up to describe the preferential evaporation of the confined liquid in the pores. Thus, the evolution of the liquid distribution throughout the complex disordered medium can be simulated. In a one-way coupling scheme, capillary forces caused by both fluid pressure and surface tension are computed over time from the filling state of pores and they are applied as loads on each primary particle in the discrete element method. Based on this robust approach the drying kinetics and the mechanical behavior of several different aggregates with various fractions of small and large particles are simulated and quantified.

Keywords: Pore network model; discrete element method; Solid-fluid interaction; capillary force, Convective drying.


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