Comparison of image analysis methods to determine the optimum loading of flighted rotary drums
Karali, Mohamed A.
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The loading state of a ﬂighted rotary drum strongly affects its overall performance. Hence, assessing the optimum (design) loading needed is a critical issue. In the present work experiments were carried out to assess the opti- mum loading of a batch rotary drum (0.5 m diameter and 0.15 m length) furnished with rectangular ﬂights. Dif- ferent solid materials (free ﬂowing), rotational speeds (from 1 to 5 rpm) and ﬂight tangential/radial length ratios (0.375 and 0.75) were researched. The experimental work mainly relied on recording videos in front of the drum at different operating conditions. Then by means of image analysis tools the results were drawn. Two methods of image analysis were used and compared: manual and automated with many advantages over the methods pre- viously found in literature. However some problems were found when applying the automated method on the current experimental work images. Indicating that a new experimental technique should be developed in the fu- ture to facilitate both manual and automated methods.
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