Tag Archives: hopper

Top 5 Functions of a Furnace Feed Bin

Your furnace feed bin maybe one of the most overlooked pieces of equipment in your glass plant! The bin serves as the main entrance to the value-added portions of your process, and is vital for continuous production and plant operation. … Continue reading

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Introduction to Flow Aids

It is not hard to imagine that early in our evolution the first people to store powder or ground material in a container very quickly found themselves hitting the container to get the stuff out. This was usually caused by … Continue reading

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I’ve had my material tested… now what?

Have you ever wondered how the data from your material testing report is being used? Take a few minutes and find out how the design of your hopper is informed by the testing of your materials in our labs!

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Silo Design, and a few other things related to materials handling – How to get it right the first time, Chapter 6

Chapter 1 | Chapter 2 | Chapter 3 | Chapter 4 | Chapter 5 Continuing the story of a long career of bumping into some of the not-so-clever things that people do, and deviating a bit from strictly silos, here … Continue reading

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The Life of Bulk Solids

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What biofuels you?

Not long ago, I browsed a dissertation written by a Ph.D. candidate who had spent years developing models of a biofuels production process.  The manuscript was impressive.  The document was thorough in its derivations based on reaction kinetics, conservation of … Continue reading

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Should You Re-Purpose That Silo?

  Recently I was in Houston teaching an AIChE course on flow of solids in bins, silos and hoppers. During our discussions, repurposing of plant equipment, such as using an existing pump for a new process line, a liquid storage … Continue reading

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Vibrators – Did it Work for You?

  Vibrators are commonly used in many industries as “flow aids” or “flow promoters” for bulk solids. The chronology of vibrator use often goes like this: 1) a particular bulk solid is put inside a bin without regard for the … Continue reading

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The Trials Of A Trial And Error Approach

Let’s set the stage…you’re an engineer at a manufacturing company that handles a bulk solid material at some point in your production chain. Many of your colleagues are also engineers, and very intelligent ones at that. You and your co-workers are … Continue reading

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The Purge Column: There can be Material Flow Consequences

No, this has nothing to do with the movie “The Purge”! Sorry for the disappointment! However, I am going to write about an interesting topic here, that is if you are interested in bulk solids handling applications. The chemical industry … Continue reading

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