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Pneumatic Conveying Education Highlighted at Powder Show Conference

February 25, 2014

Pneumatic conveying will be a featured area of discussion at the 2014 International Powder & Bulk Solids Conference, May 6-8 in Rosemont, IL.
    The 2014 Conference has been revamped and enhanced to better serve conferees. The traditional 3-day/4-track program now has shorter 1½-hour sessions to expand the education menu each day. The core technical training now includes an indicator on each 1½-hour Technical Workshop to indicate whether it is Fundamental (F) or Advanced (A) education, so conferees can determine what level of training is right for them.
    A two-part Technical Workshop, Pneumatic Conveying (A), will kick things off on Tuesday, May 6. Speakers for Part 1 will be Mark Jones, director of TUNRA Bulk Solids Handling Research, professor of engineering & built environment, University of Newcastle, and Don McGlinchey, professor of engineering & built environment, Glasgow Caledonian University.
    Part 1, 10:15-11:45: Pneumatic conveying is often seen as a ‘black art’ with few visual signs to assist engineers in understanding what drives system performance. This session will provide an understanding of the major parameters that determine system performance and look at ways in which improved throughputs (conveying rates) can be achieved. This session will cover:
•    Improved operation and performance
•    Uprating systems
•    Avoiding blockage and unreliability

Speakers for Part 2 will be David Mills, pneumatic conveying consultant, UK, and Don McGlinchey.
    Part 2, 1:30-3:00: For engineers who are required to design and specify pneumatic conveying systems and need to know the potential influence of the properties of the material to be conveyed, in terms of dilute and dense phase conveying capability and hence air requirements, together with issues of pipeline routing with bends and pipeline orientation.
    On Wednesday, May 7, there will be an advanced (A) and a fundamental (F) Technical Workshop from 10:15-11:45.
    Led by David Mills and Vijay Argawal, professor, Industrial Tribology, Machine Dynamics & Maintenance Engineering Centre, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, Troubleshooting Pneumatic Conveying Systems (A) is for engineers who are experiencing operational problems with an existing pneumatic conveying system, or who want to know how they might be able to adapt their existing system – either to improve its performance or to convey another material. This lecture would also appeal to anyone required to commission a pneumatic conveying system.
    Led by Mark Jones, Understanding Dense Phase Pneumatic Conveying – When to Use it and When Not to (F) will discuss how dense-phase conveying can be extremely attractive in many applications, leading to reduced power requirement and overcoming many operational problems. However, there are many applications where dense phase is just not suitable. This session will look at these issues and provide advice on when to use dense-phase technology and when to steer clear of it:
•    When to use dense-phase technology
•    How to overcome problems in dense-phase systems
•    When to use dilute phase

Pneumatic Conveying Innovation on the Show Floor
Time has been built into the program to enable conferees to take a 1½-hour guided tour of the show floor. The pneumatic conveying tour will be led by Jack Hilbert, principal consultant, pneumatic conveying consultants, on Wednesday, May 7, from 1:30-3:00. The group will stop and speak with exhibitors to see what is new in the world of pneumatic conveying at this year’s event.

Optimizing Dilute-Phase Pneumatic Conveying Systems Workshop
Another advanced Technical Workshop, Optimizing Dilute-Phase Pneumatic Conveying Systems, will take place on Thursday May 8, from 10:15-11:45.
    Two of the more notable characteristics of a dilute-phase pneumatic conveying system are the high velocity and low material-to-air ratios. This presentation will look at those two parameters and provide recommendations on how to improve both through a systematic approach to optimization.
     The presentation will be led by Jack Hilbert and Paul Solt, principal consultant, Pneumatic Conveying Consultants, and will look at the following areas:

•    Explanation of the relationship between velocity and pressure profiles in a pneumatic conveying system
•    How to determine the existing system velocity profile
•    How to determine what the recommended velocity profile should be
•    How to the benefits of stepping a conveying line to increase the material to air ratio an reduce the velocity profile

Click here for more information on the 2014 International Powder & Bulk Solids Conference & Exhibition and to register for the event.

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