Engineering Collected Works
http://hdl.handle.net/11343/355
20200123T02:11:33Z

The influence of shear on the dewaterability of flocculated particulate systems
http://hdl.handle.net/11343/194202
The influence of shear on the dewaterability of flocculated particulate systems
Kumar, Ashish
Solidliquid separation is used in a wide range of industries, including wastewater treatment, biomass recovery and the mining industry. The use of thickening agents such as polymeric flocculants helps to capture fine suspended particles to form flocs, eventually settling to form a sediment bed at the base of the thickener or clarifier. The bed undergoes a combination of shearing (from rakes or pickets) and compressional forces (arising from the weight of solid material in the bed) which serves to densify the settled material while further increasing the concentration of the underflow. Shear forces will cause fractal aggregates, or flocs, to become more compact  a process called aggregate densification. However, excessive shear is detrimental causing aggregate breaking, resulting in increased fines, higher resistance to separation, longer residence times, and poorer overflow clarity.
The optimum shear for a thickener is difficult to ascertain, due to the complexities of picket and rake design, thickener sizes, and material properties. Rheology is expected to provide a sensitive, controlled method to probe these densification processes – the expectation is that the failure of networked sediment beds depends on the critical strain, γc, rather than a shear stress or shear rate. This parameter is well known in the rheological characterisation of polymer melts, but has not been applied to flocculated mineral suspensions.
This work presents the novel use of a vaneinlarge cup configuration to characterise flocculated suspensions using stress and strain controlled rheometers. The cup size plays an important role for suspensions with large particles, as these tend to span the annulus and affect data accuracy. As such, a sensitivity analysis was performed to compare the creep rheology of coagulated (at isoelectric point) and polymer flocculated alumina suspensions using different cuptovane diameter ratios, dc/dv. Measurements with dc/dv > 3 demonstrated consistent behaviour, greater reproducibility, and fewer fluctuations in the strain rate data. Configurations below this ratio may be suspect, and contain artefacts of wall contributions, particle migration, bridging effects and force chain jamming.
The optimum dc/dv ratio was then used to perform creep, recovery, stressrelaxation, small and large amplitude oscillatory shear (SAOS/LAOS) rheology on coagulated and polymer flocculated alumina at different solids volume fractions, ϕ. LAOS data was interpreted using recent nonlinear viscoelastic measures, Fourier Transform (FT) rheology and LissajousBowditch plots to successfully identify a common critical strain value γc = 0.01 for nonlinear failure. This value was consistent for both coagulated and flocculated samples, independent of solids volume fraction and applied stress, pointing to the idea that a flocculated particulate network must shift by a critical distance in order to undergo nonlinear deformation. This value of γc is very small, and highlights the sensitive nature of polymer flocculated suspensions, and how susceptible they are to shear effects. This information is invaluable in promoting aggregate densification and mitigating aggregate breakage while optimising energy delivery to raking systems.
A characterisation suite comprising stepped pressure filtration, batch settling tests, and vane rheology was applied to two model flocculated calcite systems, and one industrial flocculated bauxite residue sample to develop constitutive models describing HerschelBulkley fitting parameters, and to relate compressive yield stress, Py(ϕ), to the vane yield stress, ty(ϕ). These models provide onsite operators with powerful tools to predict and size processes such as paste backfilling, dry stacking and filtration belts.
© 2017 Dr. Ashish Kumar
20170101T00:00:00Z

Capacity and efficiency of multisensor networks
http://hdl.handle.net/11343/91088
Capacity and efficiency of multisensor networks
Distel, Robert
This thesis examines the relationship between a distributed sensor information fusion system and the underlying information transport system for systems with large numbers of simple sensors. Practical methods for the prediction of system performance under changes to system parameters such as capacity, number of sensors, system state function, system and sensor noise are developed. A method for transmitting information more efficiently than measurements but convergent despite message loss is proposed. A method of cooperative transmission is developed such that a set of sensors can shape their RF transmission to allow the fusion process to take place within their cooperative interference allowing better performance than optimal joint encoding with less power and bandwidth on a shared channel. These proposals are demonstrated with the simulation of two reference designs, an HF transmission and EHF satellite, fusing multiple sensor observations.
© 2015 Dr. Robert Distel
20150101T00:00:00Z

Multiscale Geometry and Scaling of the TurbulentNonturbulent Interface in High Reynolds Number Boundary Layers
http://hdl.handle.net/11343/214559
Multiscale Geometry and Scaling of the TurbulentNonturbulent Interface in High Reynolds Number Boundary Layers
de Silva, CM; Philip, J; Chauhan, K; Meneveau, C; Marusic, I
The scaling and surface area properties of the wrinkled surface separating turbulent from nonturbulent regions in open shear flows are important to our understanding of entrainment mechanisms at the boundaries of turbulent flows. Particle image velocimetry data from high Reynolds number turbulent boundary layers covering three decades in scale are used to resolve the turbulentnonturbulent interface experimentally and, for the first time, determine unambiguously whether such surfaces exhibit fractal scaling. Box counting of the interface intersection with the measurement plane exhibits powerlaw scaling, with an exponent between 1.3 and 1.4. A complementary analysis based on spatial filtering of the velocity fields also shows powerlaw behavior of the coarsegrained interface length as a function of filter width, with an exponent between 0.3 and 0.4. These results establish that the interface is fractallike with a multiscale geometry and fractal dimension of Df≈2.32.4.
20130724T00:00:00Z

Statistics of passive scalar released from a point source in a turbulent boundary layer
http://hdl.handle.net/11343/214572
Statistics of passive scalar released from a point source in a turbulent boundary layer
Talluru, KM; PHILIP, J; Chauhan, KA
20160101T00:00:00Z