Subsea minerals exist in the deep water within Japanese exclusive economic zone. Development of slurry pump passing large particles is required for lifting ore. In design of slurry pump, it is significant to estimate the pressure loss in a riser pipe for large particle slurry transport. Therefore the authors have been studied the slurry flow model for large particle slurry transport. In addition, the authors developed the model for the static pipe including the inclined configurations. Since the lifting pipe will be oscillated due to the connected ship motion and VIV (Vortex Induced Vibration), the authors conducted the scaled model experiment to investigate the effects of pipe oscillation on the pressure loss. The model scale was 1/8. Alumina beads and glass beads were used as solid particles in the experiment. The pipe was vertical, and oscillated in horizontal or vertical direction. The experimental results showed that the horizontal and vertical oscillation had little influence on the static pressure loss in most of the experimental conditions. However the influence was observed for the horizontally oscillating pipe in the low slurry velocity and short oscillation period condition. On the other hand, the significant fluctuation components of pressure loss and flow rate were observed in vertically oscillating pipe. The results also indicated that the density of slurry and amplitude of oscillation had influence on the fluctuation components of pressure loss and flow rate but the particle diameters had little influence on them.

This content is only available via PDF.
You do not currently have access to this content.