An Experimental Study of the Rapid Flow of Dry Cohesionless Metal Powders

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K. Craig

Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY 11550

R. H. Buckholz

Columbia University, New York, NY 10027

G. Domoto

Xerox Corporation, Palo Alto Research Center, M.E.S., N. Tarrytown, New York 10591

J. Appl. Mech 53(4), 935-942 (Dec 01, 1986) (8 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3171884 History: Received September 05, 1985; Revised February 15, 1986; Online July 21, 2009


This paper studies the rapid shearing flow of dry metal powders. To perform this study, we built and used an annular shear cell test apparatus. In this apparatus the dry metal powders are rapidly sheared by rotating one of the shear surfaces while the other shear surface remains fixed. The shear stress and normal stress on the stationary surface were measured as a function of three parameters: the shear-cell gap thickness, the shear-rate and the fractional solids content. Stresses are measured while holding both the fractional-solids content and the gap thickness at prescribed values. The results show the dependence of the normal stress and the shear stress on the shear-rate. Likewise, a significant stress dependence on both the fractional solids content and the shear-cell gap thickness was observed. Our experimental results are compared with the results of other reported experimental studies.

Copyright © 1986 by ASME
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