Settling characteristics of bidisperse suspensions containing light and heavy particles in inclined channels have been studied both experimentally and theoretically. The suspension is relatively dilute with a total volume fraction of no more than 0.16. In this dilute range the flow-visualization experiments indicate the formation of distinct zones with clear interfaces between them. There is no evidence of lateral segregation of particles. The convection currents formed near an inclined boundary are transferred to different zones depending on the relative concentration of the two species. Based on the flow-visualization experiments, the well known Ponder-Nakamura-Kuroda (PNK) model has been adopted to predict the settling characteristics of bidisperse suspensions.
|Number of pages||18|
|Journal||Journal of Fluid Mechanics|
|State||Published - Feb 1988|