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13.8: Solid–Liquid Flow

Solid–liquid system is simpler to analyze than the liquid-liquid system. In solid–liquid, the effect of the surface tension are very minimal and can be ignored. Thus, in this discussion, it is assumed that the surface tension is insignificant compared to the gravity forces. The word ``solid'' is not really mean solid but a combination of many solid particles. Different combination of solid particle creates different "liquid.'' Therefor,there will be a discussion about different particle size and different geometry (round, cubic, etc). The uniformity is categorizing the particle sizes, distribution, and geometry. For example, analysis of small coal particles in water is different from large coal particles in water. The density of the solid can be above or below the liquid. Consider the case where the solid is heavier than the liquid phase. It is also assumed that the ``liquids'' density does not change significantly and it is far from the choking point. In that case there are four possibilities for vertical flow: beginNormalEnumerate change startEnumerate=1

1. The flow with the gravity and lighter density solid particles.
2. The flow with the gravity and heavier density solid particles.
3. The flow against the gravity and lighter density solid particles.
4. The flow against the gravity and heavier density solid particles.
All these possibilities are different. However, there are two sets of similar characteristics, possibility, 1 and 4 and the second set is 2 and 3. The first set is similar because the solid particles are moving faster than the liquid velocity and vice versa for the second set (slower than the liquid). The discussion here is about the last case (4) because very little is known about the other cases.


  • Dr. Genick Bar-Meir. Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or later or Potto license.