Abstract

Dedicated to the memory of John Furlan.

Wear prediction is important in designing reliable machinery for slurry industry. It usually relies on multi-phase computational fluid dynamics, which is accurate but computationally expensive. Each run of the simulations can take hours or days even on a high-performance computing platform. The high computational cost prohibits a large number of simulations in the process of design optimization. In contrast to physics-based simulations, data-driven approaches such as machine learning are capable of providing accurate wear predictions at a small fraction of computational costs, if the models are trained properly. In this paper, a recently developed WearGP framework [1] is extended to predict the global wear quantities of interest by constructing Gaussian process surrogates. The effects of different operating conditions are investigated. The advantages of the WearGP framework are demonstrated by its high accuracy and low computational cost in predicting wear rates.

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