Numerically Packing Spheres in Cylinders
A novel approach has been developed to numerically pack spheres in cylinders. The packing algorithm uses a simple sequential technique that is based on a dimensionless packing parameter. The dimensionless packing parameter includes both axial and radial variables in order to determine a sphere's sequential placement within a cylindrical packing structure. The numerical simulation has been applied to the loose packing of identical spheres in cylindrical containers with D/d ≥ 2.0. The predicted results for the mean porosity and the radial porosity distributions are validated against the available experimental data for spheres in cylindrical containers. The simulated results are highly accurate and the simple packing algorithm requires minimal computational prerequisites.
G. E. Mueller, "Numerically Packing Spheres in Cylinders," Powder Technology, Elsevier, Jan 2005.
The definitive version is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.powtec.2005.06.002
Mining and Nuclear Engineering
Keywords and Phrases
Dimensionless Parameter; Numerical Simulation; Packing; Spheres; Porosity
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