Conference Dates

May 16-21, 2010


The aim of the present work is to establish a model of heat transfer between particles by using the numerical simulation that can be incorporated in the discrete element method (DEM). The contact heat transfer between particles can be regarded as a contact thermal resistance problem. In the thermal resistance model, the local characteristics, e.g. exact contact area and heat flux distribution on particle surface, are important. However, it is difficult to measure such factors in detail. Accordingly, the authors utilized a numerical simulation. The thermal resistance was modeled by placing a small solid block between the contacting areas in the simulation. The small solid thickness represents the surface roughness and the width represents the contact force. The simulated temperature profile along the center line through two particle’s centers well agreed with measured one.