Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy
Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
A distance-transition Markov process was assumed to govern the movement of particles through a gravity separation table. Seven experiments were performed in which data were collected for a gravity separation table that was operated with particle mixtures consisting of soybeans and soybean splits and particle mixtures consisting of soybeans and 3/16 inch polypropelene balls. Stationary and nonstationary Markov models were fitted to the laboratory data. Particle distributions and particle pathways were successfully predicted by using an initial distribution of particles and the transition probabilities which defined the Markov processes.
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Carmine Carey Balascio
Balascio, Carmine Carey, "Probabilistic modeling of particle movement through a gravity separator " (1985). Retrospective Theses and Dissertations. 7818.