The following question poses a question about the best methods of transportation for clastic particles. The answer to this question depends on the energy conditions of the transporting medium. High energy currents carry larger fragments. On the other hand, low energy currents deposit lighter fragments. This results in sorting because heavier fragments will be larger than light ones.
Transporting clastic particles
When transporting clastic particles, the degree of sorting depends on the rate at which they are transported and distance they have traveled. Faster transport speeds and greater energy are associated with larger particles. Strong currents are capable of carrying gravel, sand and coarse detritus, while weak currents carry mud made from fine clastic particles. The differences in current velocity and direction help to separate the minerals into smaller and larger fractions.
Transporting clastic particles by rail
The degree of sorting a material can undergo depends on the composition and size of the clastic particles. These particles are composed of silicate minerals that vary in size and composition depending on the source rock. They are also called clastic sediments. Different types of silicate minerals are produced by different weathering processes and differ in chemical stability.
Transporting clastic particles by pipeline
Transporting clastic particles by pipeline poses several challenges. Several parameters affect particle transport, including pipe diameter and fluid properties. The researchers conducted four different regimes of particle conveyance using solids with specific gravity ranges of 1.18 to 4.6. The experimental approach was validated using a 2.54 cm pipe.
The efficiency of transport depends on the particle’s grain size, the specific gravity, and the Reynolds number. As the particle size increases, the efficiency of the process decreases. The particle’s specific gravity varies, ranging from 2.65 for sand to 3.540 for iron oxide.