• Journal Article

Signal processing and analysis applied to powder behavior in a rotating drum

Citation

Crowder, T. M., Sethuraman, V., Fields, T. B., & Hickey, A. (1999). Signal processing and analysis applied to powder behavior in a rotating drum. Particle & Particle Systems Characterization, 16(4), 191-196. DOI: 10.1002/(SICI)1521-4117(199908)16:4<191::AID-PPSC191>3.0.CO;2-0

Abstract

Previous studies of the flow of granular materials in a rotating drum have described the observed time sequences of angle of repose or time to avalanche. The time between avalanches approach has been incorporated into a commercially available powder flow analysis tool. In the present study, the time to avalanche analysis was complemented with a Fourier Transform power spectrum and phase space analysis of the angle of repose time series and avalanche size variability determination. The avalanche size variability approach was found to most readily differentiate between the flow properties of powders across material types. A model was constructed to provide an explanation for the utility of this method