Simulation of Corona Electrostatic Separator for End-of-Life Management in Printed Circuit Boards

Patil, Trunal and Rebaioli, Lara and Fassi, Irene (2021) Simulation of Corona Electrostatic Separator for End-of-Life Management in Printed Circuit Boards. ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences & Computers and Information in Engineering Conference-2021. pp. 1-9. ISSN 1523-6501

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Printed circuit boards (PCBs) are made of several materials, including platinum, gold, silver, and rare earth elements, which are very valuable from a circular economy perspective. The PCB end of life management starts with the component removal, then the PCBs are shredded into small particles. Eventually, different separation methods are applied to the pulverized material to separate metals and non-metals. The corona electrostatic separation is one of the methods that can be used for this purpose since it is able to separate the conductive and non-conductive materials. However, the lack of knowledge to set the process parameters may affect the efficiency of the corona electrostatic separation process, ultimately resulting in the loss of valuable materials. The simulation of particle trajectory can be very helpful to identify the effective process parameters of the separation process. Thus, in this study, a simulation model to predict the particles trajectories in a belt type corona electrostatic separator is developed with the help of COMSOL Multiphysics and MATLAB software. The model simulates the particle behavior taking into account the electrostatic, gravitational, centrifugal, electric image, and air drag forces. Moreover, the predicted particles trajectories are used to analyze the effects of the roll electrode voltage, angular velocity of roll electrode, and size of the particles on the separation process.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: 600 Tecnologia - Scienze applicate > 670 Manifattura (Classificare qui le opere d’insieme sui materiali, sui manufatti, sulla manifattura dei materiali)
Depositing User: Trunal Patil
Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2023 13:38
Last Modified: 14 Apr 2023 08:48

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