Numerical simulations of diametrical compression tests on agglomerates

C. Thornton*, M.T. Ciomocos, M.J. Adams

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    The paper reports discrete element simulations of the diametrical compression test applied to two spherical agglomerates: one a dense agglomerate and the other a loosely packed agglomerate. The results obtained for the dense agglomerate show that the agglomerate fractures along a slightly inclined, approximately diametrical plane. Outwardly, the agglomerate shows all the characteristics of brittle fracture but half of the final number of broken bonds was progressively broken during loading. In the simulation on the loose agglomerate, significant flattening occurred at the platens and the agglomerate failed by crushing. 

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)258-267
    Number of pages10
    JournalPowder Technology
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 25 Feb 2004


    • agglomerates
    • Brazilian test
    • crushing
    • discrete element method
    • fracture


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