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Pneumatic Conveyors: Achieving Reliable and Energy Efficient Operation

August 28, 2017

Powder & Bulk Solids presents Pneumatic Conveyors: Achieving Reliable and Energy Efficient Operation, the latest in its DryPro series of free webinars, on September 13, 2017 at 2pm EDT/11am PDT.

Professor Mike Bradley, Professor in Particle and Bulk Technology, Director of the Wolfson Centre for Bulk Solids Handling Technology, University of Greenwich, will outline key choices to be made when procuring or designing a pneumatic conveying system, including the most appropriate operating conditions and key components, and sizing to create a system that will operate with minimum downtime and energy consumption. The understanding imparted will be of equal interest to those responsible for maintaining, troubleshooting, or improving existing systems.  The content will include a short tour of the following:

• Basic function and modes of flow (dilute and dense phase)
• Rotary valves for pneumatic conveying (a short review of specification options and other feeders, especially blow tanks)
• Vacuum versus positive pressure conveying
• Filter types and sizing
• Air movers (short review of types and their application areas)
• Energy efficiency (how to choose the best system; advantage of stepped bores)   
• Interfacing hoppers, silos, bins, and feeders to pneumatic conveyors

The objective will be to allow those with an interest in pneumatic conveyors to understand the key features and parameters sufficiently, to discuss systems sensibly with suppliers, contractors, and maintenance engineers, and undertake basic troubleshooting.

Professor Bradley was awarded both his honors degree and PhD from Thames Polytechnic (now the University of Greenwich) and, as manager/director. His particular areas of interest lie in pneumatic conveying, design of hoppers and silos, dust control, plant integration, and maintenance of product quality. He is Chair of Solids Handling and Processing Association (SHAPA), and a member of Materials Handling Engineers Association (MHEA) and of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Bulk Materials Handling Committee (IMechE). He was awarded a professorship in 2006 and the directorship in 2008.

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