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A Lattice-Boltzmann simulation study of the drag coefficient of clusters of spheres

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Drag coefficients of irregularly shaped particles, constructed from spheres, were measured in lattice-Boltzmann simulations and compared to literature data. The agreement is very well. The distance between the spheres was increased to study the influence of inter-particle distance on the drag force in clusters. The drag coefficient of the clusters was found to increase with inter-particle distance. The drag force on an individual particle in a cluster is lower when that particle is shielded from the flow by other particles.

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